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US issues security alert of possible attack on Manila

MANILA -- The United States issued a security alert for the Philippine capital of Manila on Friday, warning its citizens they could be the target of an unspecified attack.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila released a statement calling for U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution and consider canceling American gatherings in the sprawling and chaotic megacity of 15 million people.

“The U.S. Embassy advises American citizens in the Philippines that a threat against American citizens in metropolitan Manila, specifically the Pasay City neighborhood, has been detected by reliable security forces,” the statement said.

“This threat remains in effect until Oct. 10, 2012,” it said.

The statement said U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas had ordered stepped-up security for all U.S. government facilities in Manila.

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