Saturday, April 21, 2007

New Warnings -- PHILIPPINES

Australia and the United States have warned of an impending major terrorist attack in the southern Philippines, where al Qaeda-linked militants recently beheaded seven hostages.

In an advisory to its citizens circulated late Friday, the US embassy said the attack could take place anywhere in Mindanao, the country's main southern island.

"The embassy has information that a terrorist group may be planning to carry out bombing attacks in central Mindanao over the next several days," the travel notice said.

It asked Americans to "carefully consider plans" to visit the area, keep a low profile and avoid going to public places, including a national sports festival scheduled in Koronadal City from April 22 to 28.

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