MANILA, Oct. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Australia Friday renewed its travel advisory
against the Philippines citing persistent reports of terrorist attacks in the
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in its advisory that its government continued to receive reports thatterrorists in
the Philippines are planning attacks. "These could occur at any time, anywhere
in the Philippines," it said.
The department urged Australians in the Philippines to exercise"extreme
caution" particularly in areas known to be frequented by foreigners, including
"Infrastructure associated with the Philippine government such as public
transport, airport, sea ports and public buildings are also potential terrorist
targets," the advisory said.
In light of the ongoing activities of insurgent groups and the risk of
terrorist attack in the southern Philippines, Australians were also told to
defer non-essential travel to Mindanao and deferall travel to the Zamboanga
Peninsula and the Sulu Archipelago, all in the southern Philippines.
It also advised Australians to be alert to the dangers of kidnapping
throughout the Philippines, including in Manila and around coastal and island
Australian government said although the Philippine government has been
committed to improving security in the Philippines and combating terrorism and
the security agencies have made a number of important arrests of suspected
terrorist, "the risk of further terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains" in
Last month, the United Kingdom also renewed the travel advisoryagainst the
Philippines for the risks of terrorism in Mindanao after an Australian
intelligence report tagged the southern Philippine islands as the nerve center
of regional terrorism.
The UK government advised its citizens against traveling to thecentral,
southern and western parts of Mindanao islands, particularly Basilan, Tawi-Tawi
and Sulu "where military and police operations against terrorist and rebel
groups are continuing and where kidnappings and bombings have taken place."
Aside from the United Kingdom and Australia, other countries including the
United States and New Zealand also have existing adverse travel advisories to
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