Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

Posted June 02, 2017

Witnesses have said they are dressed in black and wearing masks.

Philippine police, firetrucks and SWAT teams rushed to Resorts World, where witnesses reported seeing a masked gunman firing at guests on the second floor of a hotel.

Police on Friday said the man who fired shots inside a casino in the Philippine capital had been killed.

The complex, which is described on RWM's website as "the first and largest integrated resort in the Philippines", is located across from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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

The Philippines Red Cross tweeted that it had transported three people from the resort to hospitals. "People were screaming, guests and employees were in panic", Navaro said.

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".

Initial reports of the attack indicated that there were explosions as well as gunfire, but local law enforcement said none of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, The Associated Press reported.

Most of the dead died of suffocation, the ANC news channel reported, quoting sources at the Bureau of Fire Protection.

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Officials were quick to speculate that the attack was the work of Islamic State as authorities have been fighting ISIS in parts of the country.

"But one woman I was trying to save fell from the second floor".

"I heard many, many gunshots", Julio Silva, a casino player who managed to dash out of the mall complex amid the gunfire, told DZMM radio network.

Early reports suggested the gunman had been shot, but police later said he'd committed suicide by setting himself alight. "We will investigate later". We have zero visibility at makapal pa rin usok sa (there is still thick smoke emanating) floors so we have to be very careful with every move.

Police said there had been no confirmed fatalities but 30 people had been injured in the stampede and from inhaling smoke.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed, or if the attack had concluded.

The incident was quickly claimed by ISIL, which said "lone wolf soldiers" from its group carried out the attack, according to the Site Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations. "We are closely monitoring the situation", Trump said in the White House Rose Garden.

Manila's chief of police, Oscar Albayalde, said: "It's either he lost in the casino and wanted to recoup his losses or he went totally nuts".

Tensions have run high in recent weeks, as Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has faced an escalating conflict with Islamic State-affiliated militants, known as Abu Sayyaf, in the southern Filipino city of Marawi, on the island of Mindanao.