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Manila Shopping Mall hostage standoff

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“You feel safer here” Soooo relaxed shopping – these are comments posted by visitors to V-Mall, a Shopping mall in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Today this mall is under siege. One shopper has been shot and dozens have been taken hostage at this shopping center in the Philippines by a recently-dismissed security guard, authorities said.

The suspect, named by police as Archie Paray, is reported to have entered the V-Mall in Sun Juan city armed with a pistol and a hand grenade at around midday on Monday.

A SWAT team was seen entering the four-story mall, which has more than 100 outlets. San Juan City mayor Francis Zamora said the former security guard was holding the hostages in an administrative office in the mall and had shot at least one person. Negotiators are talking to him/

The mall is locked down and people are urged to stay away. It’s not clear if foreign tourists are among those hurt in the event.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
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