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US, UK and Australia issue travel advisories after Manila casino attack

The suspected attacker, who is yet to be identified, caught on CCTV shortly before the carnage ensued

The US, Australia and the UK have all issued travel advisories in the wake of Friday’s Manila casino attack.

On its website, the US Embassy posted an “emergency message” urging Americans to “exercise caution” and “review your personal security plans”.

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

The UK embassy said its citizens should “avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities” after the incident at Resorts World Manila, which is close to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3.

The Australian Embassy issued a similar advisory, saying that the Philippines had “a more volatile security environment” caused by the “deterioration in security in Mindanao”.

“Travellers are reminded of the high threat of terrorist attack in the Philippines, including Manila. Exercise heightened caution at this time,” the embassy said.

“Be vigilant about your surroundings. Monitor the media for information that may impact on your security. Follow local authorities’ advice,” it added.

On Thursday, President Duterte said the chaos in Marawi City was purely spawned by the Islamic State. He is yet to comment on the casino attack, which led to 38 deaths, including the suspected gunman.

Police maintain that the attack was not an act of terror, but rather a botched robbery or the revenge of a disgruntled gambler.