Resorts World Manila: 36 dead. Police said,”Robbery attempt”! ISIS claim responsibility…

3 June 2017

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Top Philippine lawmaker labels casino attack a ‘terrorist’ act
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MANILA: A gunman who stormed and torched a Manila casino, killing 36 people, was a “lone wolf” terrorist, a top Philippines lawmaker said on Saturday, contradicting the police’s assertion that the man had merely wanted to steal gambling chips.

The gunman, whose identity was still unknown, killed himself in a hotel room after being shot by security officers at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex, police said.

A second “person of interest” who was in the casino at the time is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Pantaleon Alvarez, speaker of the lower house of Congress and a close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said he was not convinced the incident was a criminal case of armed robbery and arson.

“This is a clear example of a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attack targeting civilians to inflict maximum loss of life and damage to property, as what has happened in other countries,” Alvarez said in a statement.

Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, but that was rejected by Philippines officials, who said it appeared to have been a botched robbery.

Duterte’s spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said on Friday there was no proof linking it to a protracted urban battle between government troops and Islamist militants in the country’s south, while his security adviser, Hermogenes Esperon, said all the evidence pointed to an attempt to steal casino chips.
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/top-philippine-lawmaker-labels-casino-attack-a–terrorist–act-8909544

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3h3 hours ago

At least one person from the Chinese mainland and 4 from Taiwan were killed in attack: Chinese embassy in the Philippines

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Manila casino robbery: Mayhem – and a dark rush to safety
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Even from a distance of about 500m, the smell of acrid smoke was unmistakable as it wafted out of a building at Resorts World Manila.

It was the kind that hurts the eye, seeps into the nostrils and sticks for hours on clothes.

One could imagine getting caught smack in the middle of that smoke, with thousands running blind into darkness, gunfire ringing in the air, fire quickly spreading, and the sprinklers not working.

That seems to have been the case with at least 36 people who died after a gunman stormed into a casino floor, and created mayhem with what the authorities say was the thought of revenge and an intent to steal just after midnight yesterday.

He trained his assault rifle at a large TV set and at the ceiling, and poured petrol from soda bottles on tables and set them on fire.

He then made his way to a room where he knew casino chips were being stored, shot at the door, and began looting the place. He stuffed a backpack he was carrying with 113 million pesos (S$3.2 million) worth of chips, and tried to flee.

By then, thousands were already stampeding towards the exit, and thick, black smoke was beginning to engulf an entire floor of some 300 tables and over 1,700 slot machines.

By then, thousands were already stampeding towards the exit, and thick, black smoke was beginning to engulf an entire floor of some 300 tables and over 1,700 slot machines.

There was a lot of pushing and shoving. As the smoke spread, windows were smashed – and some people jumped through them in panic.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/mayhem-and-a-dark-rush-to-safety

2 June 2017

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ISIS militant group claimed on Friday that its “fighters” carried out an attack on a casino in the Philippine capital Manila that ignited a fire which killed 37 people.

“ISIS fighters carried out the attack in Manila in the Philippines yesterday,” the group’s self-styled Amaq news agency said, confirming an earlier SITE report quoting an “ISIS operative” saying the group was responsible, reported AFP. Manila police initially didn’t suspect a terrorist act.

 A gunman stormed a crowded Manila casino early Friday and used gasoline to set gambling tables on fire, creating clouds of smoke that killed at least 37 people, police said. The gunman fled with more than $2 million in stolen casino chips, then forced his way into a room in an adjoining hotel and killed himself.

 Authorities suspect the man, who has not yet been identified, was trying to rob the casino at Resorts World Manila, a complex of hotels, restaurants, stores and a sprawling multi-floor gambling area.

The gunman who set fire was likely is allegedly a foreigner, the Manila police chief said. “He looks caucasian, he talks English, he’s big and he’s white, so he’s probably a foreigner,” Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told reporters.

According to a Reuters report, the Philippine police said on Friday they were looking at a “person of interest” in connection with the attack. Tomas Apolinario, chief of Manila’s southern police district, said the person was still alive and was believed to be a Philippine national.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2017/06/02/-Philippine-casino-violence-not-terrorism-looks-Caucasian-.html

 

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2m2 minutes ago

IS claims attack on casino in ; 36 dead from smoke inhalation after lone assailant sets fire to building:

Resorts World Manila: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex

Most of the dead suffocated in thick toxic smoke after the man set fire to casino tables, officials told the BBC.

The gunman, whose nationality is not yet known, began shooting in the casino in Resorts World Manila in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police said he later killed himself by setting himself on fire.

The incident sparked a security lockdown. Authorities initially said there were no casualties, but appear to have only found the bodies while sweeping the complex after the gunman’s body was recovered.

Officials insisted that the incident was a robbery attempt, and was not terrorism-related despite an apparent claim by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

How did the attack unfold?

The man, who has yet to be named, entered the casino shortly after midnight and began firing an assault rifle, sparking widespread panic.

‘People running and screaming’ at Manila casino

He fired into the air, not at people, but it caused fear, Southern Police District Superintendent Tomas Apolinario told the BBC.

“We have some injured people and we have some dead as well, but none of them have gunshot wounds,” he said.

The gunman also set gaming tables on fire and filled a backpack with gambling chips worth 113m Philippine pesos (£1.7m, $2.3m).

The man later fled to the hotel section of the complex, leaving behind the backpack, and entered a hotel room.

“He lay down on the bed, covered himself with a thick blanket, apparently poured petrol on the blanket and burned himself,” national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said on Friday.

The shooting sparked a security lockdown and a manhunt in the complex, which ended when the gunman’s body was found.

Resorts World Manila said in a statement that the man also shot himself after setting himself on fire, and that he was found dead around 07:00 local time (23:00 Thursday GMT).

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40129016?utm_content=buffereb562&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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UPDATE: Death toll now at 37, including the gunman, according to NCRPO.

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – At least 37 people were killed when a “lone gunman” fired gunshots and set ablaze gaming tables at the casino floor of the Resorts World Manila on Friday, June 2.

Director Oscar Albayalde, National Capital Police Regional Office (NCRPO) chief, said in a Palace news briefing that a total of 37 people died in the incident, including the gunman, who killed himself. The others died because of suffocation, he said.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella described the gunman as an “emotionally disturbed individual.”

Abella said the other deaths were “due to suffocation at the 2nd floor gaming area, which had been set on fire by the perpetrator who eventually committed suicide on the 5th floor of the Maxim hotel, where he set himself on fire and then shot himself.”

Albayalde said the gunman shot himself in the head. Thick smoke from the burning carpet and other highly-combustible materials in the gaming area suffocated others in the area, he added.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/171723-bodies-found-resorts-world-manila?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral

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At least 25 bodies found in a Manila casino following shooting incident by lone gunman.
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At least 25 bodies have been found in a casino and hotel complex in the Philippines, following a shooting incident by a gunman, local media said.

Most of the dead appear to have suffocated from thick smoke after the man set fire to casino tables, news outlet ABS-CBN reported.

The gunman began shooting at TV monitors in Resorts World Manila in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police said he later killed himself by setting himself on fire.

The unnamed man, armed with an assault rifle, sparked a security lockdown and a manhunt in the complex, which ended when his body was found in a hotel room.

More than 50 people have been sent to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40129016

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9h9 hours ago

Witness: Men in black hoods stormed resort.

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Resorts World Manila issues statement on last night’s shooting incident

 

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CCTV captures photos of gunman in Resorts World Manila shooting via

 

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Footage from closed-circuit television at the Resorts World Manila on Friday showed a gunman with a long firearm.

The photos were released to media by Southern Police District head Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario.

A gunman fired shots early Friday inside the establishment and set gaming tables on fire.

The gunman was later found dead, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said.

Some 54 individuals were injured and brought to four hospitals, he added. —KG, GMA News

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Manila shooting: Gunman who stormed popular Resorts World complex dead, police confirm

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A gunman who stormed a popular casino and tourist resort in the Philippines’ capital of Manila and fired an assault rifle causing a stampede of panicked guests is dead, police have confirmed.

Early reports suggested the man was shot dead by police, however Manila’s regional police chief Oscar Albayalde said the suspect killed himself.

“He killed himself, at room 510,” he told Manila radio station DZBB.

“He fired at our men. Our assessment is he burned himself. He committed suicide.”

It’s believed the man fired shots, aimed his weapon at people and set gaming tables alight at Resorts World Manila.

Nobody is believed to have been shot however around 54 people were treated for smoke inhalation, national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa told CNN Philippines.

Mr Dela Rosa said it appeared the man was trying to rob the casino, and the attack was not believed to be terror-related.

“There hasn’t been anyone shot… there are only injuries from people who tried to escape in a stampede or from smoke,” Mr Dela Rosa said on DZMM radio.

The man, who appeared to be acting alone, walked into one of the gambling rooms and fired the rifle at a large television screen then poured gasoline onto a gambling table and set it alight.

Mr Dela Rosa said the man then fired again at a stock room containing gambling chips and filled a backpack with them.

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/06/02/04/36/philippines-hotel-lockdown-suspected-terror-attack-gunfire

 

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