Philippine Casino Locked Down Amid Reports of Gunfire

Frederick Owens
June 2, 2017

A masked gunman fired at people fleeing from a Manila hotel and leisure complex amid explosions, according to reports.

Around dawn, the body of the suspected gunman was found in a hotel room in the complex, which is close to Ninoy Aquino International Airport and an air force base.

Resorts World Manila is a resort complex in Newport City, a residential and commercial center in metropolitan Manila.

People ran screaming out of Resorts World Manila, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines' global airport, according to television footage.

Guests and employees were asked to exit the building.

"We ask for your prayers during these hard times", said a message on the verified account.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington was closely monitoring events unfolding in Manila.

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Additionally, national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa told The Associated Press that the attack involved a single gunman who was still at large and "there was no concrete evidence that the attack was terrorism".

"There were other gunmen because we can hear gunshots elsewhere", he told the Manila radio station.

Gunfire and explosions were reported at the hotel sometime after midnight Friday local time.

Trump said Thursday that "It is really very sad as to what's going on throughout the world with terror". Photos tweeted by an Israeli journalist appeared to show the building in flames, and a video shows people running in a panic. At the same time, the Philippines government is now battling an ISIS-linked rebel group in the south, a bloody battle that has left dozens dead and displaced thousands. On May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao to combat what he said was a rebellion by Islamic State radicals in that southern Philippines island.

The U.S. State Department is urging people to avoid the area, which is near the airport.

"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.

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