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Foreign Minister Urges Aussies To 'Avoid Manchester Right Now'

Terror threat increased

Foreign Minister Urges Aussies To 'Avoid Manchester Right Now'

Pic: Channel 9

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has updated their travel advice for Aussies heading to the United Kingdom, in the wake of the horrific terror attack in Manchester.

22 people were killed and 59 people were injured when a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena as people were leaving the Ariana Grande concert.

Overnight, the UK Government raised the country's terror threat level from 'severe' to 'critical', the highest of the five domestic levels. Prime Minister Theresa May has also announced armed soldiers will be deployed in major cities to assist police with security.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has advised any Australian travellers heading to the UK to avoid Manchester for the time being.

"I understand that there is a very wide investigation underway by the British authorities to determine whether there is in fact a terror cell, a wider group, operating within Manchester. My recommendation would be to not travel to Manchester," she told the Today Show.

"Clearly people need to be very cautious and take a great deal of care about their travel in the UK."

Bishop says Australia's terror threat level will remain at 'probable'.

"It is always under review. If there is information that would lead us to believe that threat level should change, we will do that."

"We're doing all we can to keep Australians safe. We are reviewing all practices and procedures, particularly regarding mass gatherings like sporting events, we're developing a nationwide strategy that includes New Zealand to ensure we can keep Australians as safe as possible at home."