MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government urged its more than 10 million citizens working or living outside the country "to heighten their vigilance" in the wake of terrorist attacks abroad.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano issued the warning after a foiled terrorist attack in Russia and Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa.
"We want our (fellow countrymen) wherever they are abroad to always remain vigilant and to always be prepared because these senseless acts of violence can happen anywhere and when we least expect them," Cayetano said in a statement.
Quoting a report from Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Russian intelligence was able to prevent militants from carrying out a series of terrorist attacks in the country. The terrorist plot reportedly included two suicide attacks.
In Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the DFA said 18 people were killed when gunmen opened fire at a restaurant frequented by foreigners.
The DFA said it monitored other small-scale attacks that took place in others parts of the world, mostly in Africa and the Middle East, during the past few days.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK