ISIS insists it was behind deadly Philippines resort attack

Frederick Owens
June 5, 2017

Though the police were suspecting the incident to be a failed robbery attempt but with that Islamic State claiming responsibility, it is being feared to be a terror attack.

Philippine police rushed to the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday after gunshots rang out and witnesses reported gunmen barging in at a mall in the commercial center, where whitish smoke began billowing from an upper floor.

Earlier Friday a gunman entered the Resorts World Manila complex and set fire to the gambling tables, unleashing smoke that authorities say killed 36 people.

On Friday around 2 a.m., a man described by Philippine government officials as tall, mustachioed and English-speaking entered the Resorts World Manila casino with an assault rifle, stuffed casino chips in his bag, lit gambling tables on fire, then set himself aflame before turning his gun on himself.

Islamic State, on the other hand, released a statement claiming that its "fighters carried out" the attack. "The attack yielded over 100 deaths and injuries from the Christians, thanks and blessings to God".

Thirty-eight bodies of victims who supposedly died of suffocation and smoke inhalation were recovered from the gaming room of Resorts World Manila, according to police authorities. But dela Rosa said, "We can not attribute this to terrorism without concrete evidence".

The body of the gunman was found in a hotel room inside the complex about five hours later, Dela Rosa said.

The man fired shots, set fire to gambling tables and allegedly stole casino chips.

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"He had taken his own life by setting himself on fire followed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound", the statement said. A South Korean victim died in the evacuation.

"We believe that our security (measures) were enough, they will be reviewed", Reilly said when asked whether arrangements were adequate.

A casino attack that left over a dozen people killed should not affect investments in the country, the head of President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team said Friday.

A man carrying a rifle burst into the Resorts World building near Manila's global airport and shot at TV screens, set tables on fire with petrol and stuffed a bag with gambling chips. He did not hurt the guard but went straight to the gambling area, dela Rosa said, according to The Associated Press.

"I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running". He said the woman was not moving afterward, but he didn't know what happened to her. The suspect reportedly placed millions worth of chips inside his backpack. "I could not carry her".

It is really very sad as to what is going on throughout the world with terror.

As news of the attack spread, U.S. President Donald Trump offered the thoughts and prayers of the American people to the Philippines. "Let us be calm but at same time be alert, ready to help our security forces", Esperon said, as quoted by CNN Philippines.

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