Kin rush to funeral homes to see Manila dead

Casinos in the Philippines are popular with foreign gamblers.

Resorts World Manila is now on lockdown, following reports of gunfire from unidentified men, who claimed to be part of the ISIS.

Manila: Thirty-six bodies were found on Friday in a casino in Philippines' capital city Manila, after it was attacked by a lone gunman who fired shots and set fire to gambling tables, police said.

At least 36 bodies were later found, and a lot of them had died of suffocation, police said. Authorities earlier said they think robbery was the motive.

Hundreds of people flocked to the exit to escape, causing chaos. At least 21 people were injured while trying to escape, police added.

Heavily-armed police swarmed the hotel in the moments after the robbery as horrified witnesses claimed it was a terror attack.

He lay down on the bed, covered himself with a blanket, doused himself with petrol and set himself on fire, Mr dela Rosa said. He said the man's vehicle at the parking lot was being examined. Police later searched a vehicle and found registration information which they haven't made public.

"Definitely us patrons, we did not expect that, everyone ran away".

Earlier, in Washington, US President Trump began an announcement regarding the Paris climate agreement by saying he was closely monitoring "the terrorist attack in Manila".

Dela Rosa said security video showed the gunman ignoring a guard who tried to question him at the complex's entrance, then going straight to the casino. "There is no element of violence and intimidation that leads to terrorism". However, ISIS has not released names or pictures of the alleged "soldiers" who carried out that attack, which they tend to do. A gunman stormed a mall-casino complex, torched gambling tables and stuffed a backpack with casino.

The fire has been contained, but the hotel remains locked down, de la Rosa said.

As news of the attack had spread, U.S. president Donald Trump offered the thoughts and prayers of the American people to the Philippines.

Resorts World is a complex of hotels, casinos, shops and restaurants in Newport City, one of the most affluent districts of the Philippine capital. "Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected".

The attack came on the heels of a terroristic attack in Mindanao province that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the southern, predominantly Muslim main island.

"White House spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted that "@POTUS is aware of the situation in Manila and being provided updates by his national security team". Though the suspect had attmepted to steal casino chips worth "113 million Philippine pesos ($2.27 million)" he was not successful, and the chips have been recovered.

A Filipino operative for Islamic State (IS), in a quick communique, immediately took responsibility for the attack, but police cast doubt on any such links.

  • Salvatore Jensen