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02 Mar 2020 | 06:48 PM UTC

Philippines: Hostage situation at Virra Mall in San Juan ends March 2 /update 1

Police arrest suspected gunman who held dozens of people hostage at the Virra Mall in San Juan (Manila) on March 2; one security guard wounded in the incident

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Event

Police officers arrested a man who took over 30 people hostage in the Virra Mall in Greenhills (San Juan), near Manila, on Monday, March 2. The suspect, identified as a former security guard, released the hostages safely after holding them for over ten hours. He was then arrested after being allowed to talk to a small group of journalists. According to officials, another mall security guard was shot during the incident but is in a stable condition and recovering at a nearby hospital.

A heightened security presence is possible in the mall through Tuesday, March 3.

Advice

Individuals in the area are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.