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Embassies warn nationals in PH after Resorts World Manila attack

Smoke rises from the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday, June 2, 2017 in Pasay City following gunshots and explosions rang out inside the mall-casino and hotel complex. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have issued travel advisories and messages to their citizens following an attack on Friday at a casino in Manila, which left at least 25 people dead.

The US Embassy posted an “emergency message” on its website advising Americans to “exercise caution and review” personal security plans.

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“Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Heed any instructions given by local authorities.”

READ: At least 25 found dead in Resorts World Manila—SPD

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Meanwhile, the UK Embassy said its nationals should avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities after a “major security incident” at the Resorts World Manila.

The Australian Embassy issued a similar message, adding that some flights have already been redirected from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“The deterioration in security in Mindanao has resulted in a more volatile security environment in the Philippines,” it said. “Travellers are reminded of the high threat of terrorist attack in the Philippines, including Manila.  Exercise heightened caution at this time.”

“Be vigilant about your surrounds. Monitor the media for information that may impact on your security. Follow local authorities’ advice,” it said. “The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.” JPV/rga

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