- Islamic State claimed responsibility, however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that the attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds
( Daily Mail )Dozens of people were feared injured after masked gunmen opened fire at a hotel resort near Manila airport.
The shooting started at the popular Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines at about midnight local time and terrified witnesses described ‘two hours’ of panic.
Explosions were also heard coming from the tourist hotpot and bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building.
At least one masked gunman reportedly stormed the second floor of one of the complex’s four hotels and fired at guests and staff. Police chiefs confirmed that, some five hours after the attack began, a gunman was still on the loose.
Other witnesses reported ‘armed masked men’ in the building’s casino. Footage, posted on social media, shows guests fleeing as gunshots ring out across the resort.
Islamic State claimed responsibility, however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that the attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds.
At about 4.30am local time police chief dela Rosa said that one gunman with a M4 assault rifle was involved in the attack and he was still at large.
‘Don’t panic, this is not a cause for alarm. We cannot attribute this to terrorism,’ he said.
‘We are looking into a robbery angle because he did not hurt any people and went straight to the casino chips storage room.
‘He parked at the second floor and barged into the casino, shooting large TV screens and poured gasoline on a table setting it on fire.’
Kara Verano filmed people running and described a ‘teargas, burning’ substance in the air as she and her friends hid in a ‘restaurant storeroom’.