State Dept. reinstates Columbia travel warning

WASHINGTON -- The State Department reissued an April 23 warning against travel to Colombia due to escalating "violence by narcotraffickers, guerrillas, paramilitary groups and other criminal elements." The State Department said that due to the turmoil, "there is a greater risk of being kidnapped in Colombia than in any other country," noting "more than a dozen U.S. citizens were kidnapped in Colombia in the first five months of 1999."

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