Explosions, Gunfire at Tourist Resort In Manila

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Philippine forces surrounded a popular tourist resort in Manila, after gunfire and explosions erupted. There were reports of at least 25 people injured at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that their “lone wolf soldiers” did it, according to the SITE Intelligence group that monitors ISIS channels.

Resorts World is a major tourist complex comprised of a massive casino, 4 hotels with 1500 hotel rooms, shops, restaurants, etc, all of which are on lockdown. The resort area is close to Manila’s main airport. Filipino military, SWAT, police, ambulances, surrounded the scene and restricted access to the airport. It began sometime between midnight and 1 am local time with masked, armed men opening fire inside the complex.

One masked gunman is said to have stormed the 2nd floor of one of the hotels, shooting at guests and staff. Tourists were seen running in panic from the resort, and the sound of gunfire in some of the videos. It is unclear if there is more than one gunman, and whether or not  he/they are still at large.

In a strange denial, the Manila police chief said there were no “confirmed” reports of gunshots, and “no evidence” that it was a terror attack.

Previous attack

This is Ramadan – a holiday for Muslims worldwide that has always been the focus of Islamic extremists to attack anyone, including other Muslims.

ISIS forces in the Maute group attacked the Philippine island of Mindanao last week, with President Duterte declaring martial law on the island. There are reportedly around 2,000 people still trapped in the main city of Malawi, with ISIS fighters “clinging” to the heart of the city. ISIS has reportedly been executing a number of citizens.

The Telegraph UK reported,
One witness said that gunfire was heard on the second floor of the hotel, and another that men dressed in black had opened fire at the upmarket resort.

Philippine police rushed to the complex in the early hours of the morning. Fire trucks and a SWAT team were also at the hotel, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines’ international airport.

Philippines police cordoned off the area near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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