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Explosions, gunfire reported at Resorts World Manila in Philippines
March 22 2018, 07:48 | Irvin Gilbert
Gunshots and explosions rang out in the early hours of Friday at a shopping centre, hotel and casino complex near Manila's global airport in the Philippines capital, sparking a security alert amid an ongoing Muslim militant siege in the country's south.
The gunman burst into the casino, fired shots and set gaming tables alight in Resorts World Manila early on Friday, sowing panic in a country on high alert after martial law was declared in the south, but police said the motive was likely robbery.
Resorts World Manila, which opened in 2009 and is located in Pasay City, said it was on lockdown following reports of gunfire and explosions, the company said on its Twitter page.
Gunfire and explosions have been heard outside the Resorts World hotel in Manila.
Philippine police cordoned off the area near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Silva said he saw a SWAT member who was shouting: "I was hit, I was hit".
Past midnight on June 2, people heard gunshots from inside the Resorts World Manila building.
National police chief Pol Gen Ronald Dela Rosa said one gunman was believed to be behind the attack early Friday and is still at large.
Dozens of police trucks and a handful of huge Special Action Force vans and armoured personnel carriers lined side streets near the hotel, casino and shopping mall complex as the drama unfolded.
Albayalde said the gunman had tried to steal 113 million pesos (RM9mil) worth of gambling chips, although he left the backpack on the ground near the stock room.
A source at one of the resorts told Reuters employees were being evacuated, but declined to give more details. He told reporters at the scene that the building was being searched, and that it was unclear how the attacker gained entry. "We ask for your prayers during these hard times".
SITE intelligence monitoring agency quoted an ISIL "Filipino operative" as saying the group "is responsible for the attack" in the Philippine capital.
The sprawling complex has an array of hotels, restaurants and bars.
The U.S. State Department's bureau in the Philippines issued a warning to stay away from the area.
Trump today called the incident a "terrorist attack" and said that it's "really very sad as to what's going on throughout the world with terror". Duterte also suggested he might extend martial law through year's end or impose it nationwide, alarming critics.