Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Explosions, Gunfire Heard At Hotel Complex In Philippines


The complex, which is described on RWM's website as "the first and largest integrated resort in the Philippines", is across from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Police were conducting a search and had evacuated all guests.

"We're looking at robbery as an angle because he stole, he barged into the storage room for casino chips".

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

The resort was put on lockdown and heavily armed SWAT officers wearing bulletproof vests and body armor descended on the scene, Camille Abadicio of CNN Philippines said.

Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa says authorities have reviewed CCTV footage from the scene and the lone gunman "was not hurting anyone".

The Philippine national police chief says there is no concrete evidence that the attack on a hotel and casino complex near Manila's airport is terrorism.

Pictures and videos have appeared on social media overnight, showing plumes of smoke pouring out of the building.

At least 25 people were taken to a hospital after being injured in gunfire, according to Manila media.

A policeman stands by outside the Resorts World Manila complex.

Most of the patients were suffering the effects of smoke inhalation and some had injuries such as fractures, she said, adding that none had gunshot wounds.

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The Philippines is now battling Islamic State militants in the south of the country.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he is "closely monitoring the situation" and will continue to provide updates.

Before the gunmen had been killed and police had confirmed any motive, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and US President Donald Trump also branded it a "terrorist attack".

"The safety and security of USA citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities".

Gil Yonco, 54, stood weeping in the street at around 5 a.m.

He tried calling back but there was no answer. "I am very anxious as a parent, I need to find her", he said.

"There were other gunmen because we can hear gunshots elsewhere", he told Manila radio station DZMM. "People were screaming, guests and employees were in panic", Navaro said.

Meanwhile, as The Two-Way reported, the Philippine military has been battling ISIS-linked militants that seized parts of the southern city of Marawi last month.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over the island of Mindanao last week after the crisis began.

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