Uruguay, Venezuela issue 'absurd' travel warnings against major US cities

Uruguay issued a warning to its citizens early this week about travelling to the US after two mass shootings killed more than 30 people.

The Latin American country also cited three cities citizens should avoid: Albuquerque, Detroit and Baltimore.

Uruguay's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the three cities are among the 20 most dangerous in the world and cited CEOWORLD magazine at its source.

Albuquerque has garnered national attention in recent years over its high auto theft rates and violent shootings.

Uruguay advised its citizens to avoid US theme parks, shopping centres, art festivals, religious activities and sporting events.

Albuquerque spokesman Matt Ross said it was absurd for Albuquerque to be cited.

Venezuela's Foreign Ministry also issued a statement suggesting its citizens "postpone travel" to the US in light of "hate crimes."

AP

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