After violence and terrorism

Germany issues advisories on travel to Philippines

Germany adjusted its official advice for the Philippines and urges citizens to maintain a "high degree of caution" when traveling to certain parts of the popular holiday destination in South East Asia, reacting to recent eruptions of violence and terrorism.

April 13, 2017
Trouble in paradise: The Philippines have seen a rise in terroristic activity.
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Germany has joined other countries like the United States and Great Britain that have alerted their citizens to possible terror threats in the Philippines.

In its travel advisory, posted on Tuesday on the country's Department of Foreign Affairs website, Germany urged its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when on holiday in the South East Asian country. The Philippines, a popular tourist destination for European and Western travellers, experiences threats of terrorism as well as high level of crime right now. German nationals are urged to pay close attention to their personal security at all times

Germany explicitly warned its nationals of possible kidnapping or terror attacks in Mindanao and some parts of the Visayas, especially the small islands of Cebu and Bohol.

On Tuesday, the Philippine army exchanged gunfire with a group of Abu Sayyaf terrorists near Inabanga, Bohol. Six terrorists and four soldiers and policemen lost their lives.

In the advisory, Germany also cited deadly bomb explosions in public areas in the cities of Cotabato, Davao, General Santos, Isabela, Jolo, Kidapawan and Zamboanga. (LEW)

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