Kidnap warning issued to Israelis traveling abroad

The National Security Council's anti-terror unit issued a warning late Thursday to Israelis traveling abroad of a heightened danger of kidnapping by Islamic terrorist groups. The unit recommended that any irregular or sudden business transactions should be cancelled, and that any free offers of excursions from suspicious characters should be denied. The unit's intelligence chief, Elkana Harnof, said that the warning issued was not meant to "leave Ben Gurion Airport empty," but rather to ensure that Israeli travelers had an augmented level of awareness and were taking precautions, Army Radio reported.