Manchester bombing: Australian authorities review security arrangements

The Federal Government is warning travellers planning to visit the United Kingdom to “exercise a high degree of caution” in the wake of yesterday’s deadly bombing in Manchester[1].

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updated its travel advice for the UK, warning Australians to “pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media about possible new safety or security risks”.

The advice comes as the UK increased its domestic threat level to “critical”, indicating the UK Government believes another terror attack may be imminent, and deployed troops to the streets of British cities “to assist police”.

“Continue to avoid the area surrounding the Manchester Arena and anticipate significant transport delays in the Manchester area,” says the new advice.

“Expect an increased police and security presence across the UK.

Be vigilant with your personal security, monitor the media and follow local authorities’ instructions (Safety and security).

In light of the UK’s increase to its threat level, we now advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the United Kingdom.”

Australian authorities are reviewing security arrangements for mass public gatherings

Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera HousePicture: Getty Images/Cultura RF

“We are reviewing all practices and strategies and procedures particularly regarding mass gatherings, places of public interest, where tourists visit, sporting events and the like,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the Nine Network.

Overnight, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull chaired cabinet’s national security committee that included the heads of the federal police, spy agencies ASIO and ASIS and the defence force.

It is not yet known if any Australians were caught up in the attack.

“I must point out that the grizzly task of identifying bodies continues and we are in touch with all the major hospitals in Manchester,” Ms Bishop said.

Australia’s hearts go out to the people of Manchester and Britain, she said.

“It’s a horrible scene and I feel so very deeply for those affected by it,” she said.

Mr Turnbull says security authorities must be as agile as our enemies.

“We learn from every attack,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

References

  1. ^ yesterday’s deadly bombing in Manchester (thewest.com.au)

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