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US issues travel alert for Zomboanga

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The United States has advised its citizens against travelling to Zamboanga province in the southern Philippines due to the "credible threat" of a terrorist kidnapping plot against foreigners. 

The US embassy in Manila said US personnel in the Zamboanga area who have been helping Philippine forces in the fight against terrorism have been ordered to relocate to safer areas.

"The US Embassy wishes to alert US citizens that a credible threat of a terrorist kidnapping-for-ransom plot against foreigners has been identified in the Zamboanga area on the island of Mindanao," the US Department of State said in a statement dated May 29.

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