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Russia’s federal tourism agency has issued a warning that Daesh was planning to abduct Russian citizens in Turkey.

Russia’s federal tourism agency has issued a warning that Daesh was planning to abduct Russian citizens in Turkey.

“According to the competent agencies, leaders of the Daesh terrorist group plan to take hostages from among Russian citizens in Turkey,” it said in a statement.

“Hostages can be transferred on to territories controlled by militants to hold public executions and to be used as human shields in combat with Syrian government and coalition forces,” it added.

“Therefore we draw the attention of all independent tourists departing for Turkey to the necessity of taking all possible measures to ensure personal security.”

Turkey had been Russia’s number one foreign tourism destination for years but this came to an abrupt end following the shooting down of a Russian fighter jet by Turkish jets on the Syria-Turkey border in November.

The warning essentially targets all remaining Russian tourists in Turkey, as organized tours by travel agencies were banned by Moscow as part of a raft of retaliatory measures.

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