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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bridgetown (Barbados) Armed Bandits

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The U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of a number of recent robberies believed to be committed by a group of five armed men. The men are believed to be traveling in one vehicle, possibly a burgundy or red Kia, targeting both businesses and individuals. The men may be attempting to trick victims into stopping or exiting their vehicles by driving behind them and flicking their headlights.  The five men were last encountered in St. Joseph. U.S. citizens are reminded to lock your car doors, only pull over in well-lit, populated areas, and to remain aware of your surroundings.

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