US, Britain warn citizens to stay off south Philippine area

MANILA- The United States and Britain have warned their citizens to stay off a southern Philippine region where suspected Muslim extremists are behind a wave of kidnappings, including those of 18 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crewmen. The U.S. State Department warned Americans in an advisory Thursday to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago “due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers, increased threat of maritime kidnappings against small boats … and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there.” The British government on Wednesday issued a similar travel warning.



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