WASHINGTON -- The State Department advised travelers to the
Philippines that the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organization has
threatened retaliatory action against U.S. citizens throughout the
Philippines in the form of kidnappings or shootings if terrorists
held in the U.S. are not released.
U.S. citizens in the Philippines "are urged to review their
security practices, to remain vigilant to their surroundings and to
exercise caution," the department said.
Separately, it notified travelers to Zimbabwe that "muggings,
rape, purse snatching, car thefts and credit card fraud are on the
increase due to high rates of unemployment and inflation."
Thieves often operate near hotels, restaurants, shopping malls
and tourist areas, including Victoria Falls and the capital city of
Harare, with U.S. travelers a frequent target, the department