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Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

A masked gunman stormed a hotel-casino complex in the Philippine capital early Friday, shooting up a TV screen, torching gambling tables and stuffing a backpack with casino chips before fleeing, authorities said.

Resorts World Manila, also known as RWM, is a resort complex in Newport City, a residential and commercial center in metropolitan Manila. "I am very anxious as a parent, I need to find her", he said.A casino worker from the third floor of the complex, named Julio, told DZMM radio he heard many gunshots and saw people running up the stairs from the second floor.Ronald Romualdo, a maintenance worker at Resorts World, told the station he saw a woman fall from an upper floor while trying to escape.

"I live right behind Resorts World. and you can see the smoke and hear gunshots and people are shouting at each other", one witness said in a video posted on Facebook.

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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.

Swat teams and ambulances have reportedly been sent to the scene. He said one gunman was behind the attack and was still at large more than two hours after it began.

The SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism monitor, said an Islamic State-linked Filipino operative who provides daily updates on the ongoing clashes in Marawi claimed "lone wolf soldiers" of the Islamic State group were responsible for the attack.

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The Manila Times reported that at least 25 people were injured, quoting an employee of the Philippines Red Cross.

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A card dealer at the casino told ABS CBN news that an armed man poured flammable liquid on a gaming table and set it ablaze. The U.S. State Department issued a notice to travelers on Thursday, warning them to avoid the area and monitor local news.

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The Philippines have been troubled by terrorism lately, as government forces are battling ISIS-affiliated soldiers for control of the city of Marawi, a mostly Muslim city on the southern island of Mindanao. The White House said President Donald Trump is aware of the situation and is being briefed with updates. Photos tweeted by an Israeli journalist appeared to show the building in flames, and a video shows people running in a panic. President Duterte has said he fears Islamic State's "terrible ideology" will spread on Mindanao, an island of 22 million people, and has warned it could become a haven for supporters fleeing Iraq and Syria.


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