Do Not Travel To Mindanao, Koreans Told As Trouble Heats Up In Restive Region

August 15, 2007 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 15 Aug) – South Korea on Wednesday warned its citizens against traveling to the southern Philippines, where security forces are battling Abu Sayyaf terrorists and insurgents.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Koreans to refrain from traveling to Mindanao island, citing security reasons, the Korea Times reported on its website Wednesday.

”The Philippine government is now conducting military operations to crack down anti-government militants there after a carnage on government troops done last Friday by the violent insurgents,” according to the ministry.

Tension in high in the region because of sporadic fighting between security forces and militants, it said.

It was not immediately known how the travel van would affect Korean interests in the southern Philippines.

Many Koreans live in Mindanao, particularly in Davao and Zamboanga cities, where they have investments from different business mostly in resorts, clubs and restaurants.

The United States also warned its citizens from traveling to Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago because of the spate of bombings and kidnappings of foreigners.

The Philippine military poured more than 10,000 soldiers on the islands of Basilan and Jolo to fight growing threats of terrorism and insurgency.

Security officials said 41 soldiers and more than 40 gunmen were killed in pitch battle since last month on the two islands, both part of the Muslim autonomous region.


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