Four people kidnapped from resort in Southern Philippines

Gunmen have kidnapped four people from the Oceanview Resort on Salam Island, near Davao City on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. Two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager and a local Philippino woman were taken.

Advice For Travellers

Kidnapping is a risk in the Philippines, particularly in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, where foreigners have been targeted in the past.

Travellers to the Philippines should avoid all travel to southwest Mindanao, including the autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula and the Sulu Archipelago, due to on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups, the threat of kidnapping against foreigners as well as the risk of bombings, crime-related shootings, and terrorist attacks.