Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

02 June, 2017, 07:08 | Author: Essie Rivera

The gunman stole gambling chips, shot an LED monitor and set gambling tables ablaze by pouring gasoline on them, Dela Rosa said. Dones said employees told him they saw two suspects wearing black and carrying long firearms, however police later said there was just one suspect.

People ran screaming out of Resorts World Manila, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines' worldwide airport, after the man fired what police chief Ronald dela Rosa said was an M4 assault rifle.

Witnesses reported seeing injured people, including a SWAT officer who rushed to the scene and was reportedly fired upon.

Resorts World Manila, situated near the city's worldwide airport, had been put on lockdown following the incident.

The country has struggled with turmoil in the Mindanao region, due to the presence of terror group Abu Sayyaf, an affiliate of both al-Qaeda and ISIS.

But dela Rosa said: "We can not attribute this to terrorism".

The fire service said there was a blaze burning on the second floor of the building.

Trump, before announcing the United States was leaving the Paris climate agreement, opened the event by saying "our thoughts and our prayers" are with those affected by the "terrorist attack in Manila". He told reporters at the scene that the building was being searched, and that it was unclear how the attacker gained entry.

Resorts World Manila is located essentially across the street from the airport. Authorities earlier said they think robbery was the motive. Local media reports say parts of of the hotel-casino are on fire.

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"We are still investigating the situation", Reilly said in a statement.

"We remain in close contact with local officials", she said, adding that USA citizens were advised to exercise caution and monitor local media for further information. A casino employee said there is a fire on the second floor, and gunshots could also be heard in a restaurant on that floor.

Jeri Ann Santiago, who works in the emergency room at the San Juan de Dios hospital, close to Resorts World, said 13 people were being treated, but more were on the way.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for another attack around noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, May 31, that injured dozens at a resort in Manila, Philippines, according to the Daily Mail.

The Philippines has been grappling with incidents of terrorism, especially on the southern island of Mindanao.

Julio Silva, a witness who managed to escape from the complex, said: "I heard many, many gunshots".

Thousands of residents have fled the city, and at least 140 people have been reported killed there since the siege began last week.

White House Press Secretary Sean said that President Trump has been made aware of the situation, and was being given updates by his national security team.

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