Escape routes, barricades and phones on silent: This is how British police say you can survive a terror attack abroad

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Armed police storm a hotel poolside in the video.
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British counter-terror officials have issued a stark set of instructions for how tourists can survive being caught up in a terror attack overseas.

A body of the UK’s police chiefs released a video guide to maximising your chances against armed attackers in a major attack.

The four-minute tutorial fleshes out the now-familiar “RUN, HIDE, TELL” and adapts it to suit a hotel or tourist attraction.

Here are the key points:

    Running away is best – act “quickly” and bring people with you. But if they won’t come, “don’t let their indecision slow you down.” “Avoid dead ends and bottlenecks” where an attacker could corner you. Don’t run across any space that puts you in the line of fire. If you can’t escape, find somewhere to hide, preferably with a door. Close and lock in, then get as far from the door as you can. Use furniture, mattresses and the like to barricade yourself in. Don’t make noise, and turn your phone to silent mode. When police arrive, they will be armed and potentially aggressive. “Do everything they tell you do” and avoid sudden movements. Stay calm, don’t shout or wave, and keep your hands visible.

Officers stressed that they are not currently aware of any specific threats to British travellers, but warned tourists to be vigilant nonetheless.

UK citizens have been caught up in attacks overseas before – thirty British people died in the terror attack on a beach in near Sousse, Tunisia in 2015.

Meanwhile, one Briton died in the attack on Paris’ Bataclan theatre, and another was injured in the Bastille Day attack on Nice last year. Earlier this year a British student was stabbed to death in a terror attack in Jerusalem.

Scott Wilson, a counter-terror official with the Metropolitan Police, said: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad. So it is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.”