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US Embassy Issues Warning After ‘Suspicious Deaths’ of 8 Americans in Single City

via KPBS

The U.S. Embassy in Colombia has issued a warning to Americans, citing increased crime and safety concerns.

The warning highlights a rise in violent deaths, particularly among U.S. citizens, and emphasizes the dangers associated with using dating apps.

It mentions cases of drugging, robbery, and homicide, advising caution and heightened awareness, especially when meeting strangers. (Trending: GOP Rep. Mace Clashes Directly With Hunter Biden At Hearing)

The State Department posted, “Reconsider travel due to crime and terrorism. Exercise increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk.”

The embassy recommends meeting in public places, notifying friends or family before going on a date, and avoiding resistance during robbery attempts, as resistance could lead to more severe outcomes.

“U.S. Embassy Bogota is aware of eight suspicious deaths of private U.S. citizens in Medellin between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023. The deaths appear to involve either involuntary drugging overdose or are suspected homicides,” wrote the embassy.

“Several of the deaths point to possible drugging, robbery, and overdose, and several involve the use of online dating applications,” warned the agency.

The embassy warned citizens that violent deaths in Colombia “increased 200 percent in the third trimester of 2023 compared to the previous year, and violent deaths of foreign visitors increased 29 percent. Most of the 2023 violent death victims were U.S. citizens.”

“Criminals use dating apps to lure victims to meet in public places such as hotels, restaurants, and bars, and then later assault and rob them. Numerous U.S. citizens in Colombia have been drugged, robbed, and even killed by their Colombian dates,” continued the embassy.

“These types of crimes routinely go underreported as victims are embarrassed and do not want to follow through with the judicial process,” read the warning.

“U.S. citizens should be vigilant, maintain heightened situational awareness, and incorporate strong personal security practices into their activities. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Victims of crime who resist robbery are more likely to be killed,” concluded the embassy’s guidance.

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