Military rejects IS claim of Manila attack

Military rejects IS claim of Manila attack

Military rejects IS claim of Manila attack

Tourists flock to the complex for its casino, shopping mall, cinema and theater.

But ISIS claimed responsibility late Friday.

Relatives and friends of victims grieve as they receive news of their loved ones at a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines.

Marriott hotels released a statement confirming that the incident occurred in parts of the Manila resort complex other than their hotel.

Police cordoned off the area near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport shortly after the attack began, according to the AP. The gunman fled with more than $2 million in stolen casino chips, then forced his way into a room in an adjoining hotel and killed himself.

Police say they believe it was a robbery gone wrong. Emy Subi, whose cousin Rogie Subay was killed, said she wanted to sue the resort.

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"Islamic State fighters carried out the Manila attack in the Philippines", the news agency said. The fighting has placed much of the country on edge and raised fears that the IS group was gaining a foothold.

The police chief confirmed his original statement to the AP that there is "no concrete evidence that the attack was terrorism" - despite President Trump's opening remarks while announcing the USA withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change.

National police chief Ronald dela Rosa said security footage showed the gunman ignoring a security guard who tried to question him at the entrance to the complex.

"Severe blood loss from the gunshot wound significantly slowed the assailant down and resulted in his holing up in a room where he took his own life", said Stephen Reilly, Resort World's chief operating officer. He did not hurt the guard but went straight to the gambling area, dela Rosa said, according to the Associated Press.

It was not clear how he smuggled the petrol and rifle into the crowded casino.

"He lay down on the bed, covered himself in a thick blanket and apparently doused himself in gasoline", Ronald dela Rosa, national police chief, told reporters, adding that a sub-machine gun and a small calibre gun were captured with the attacker. He carried no identity documents, police said.

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The bag of high-value gambling chips - with an estimated worth of 113 million pesos, or more than $2 million - was found in a toilet. A South Korean died of a possible heart attack suffered during the evacuation, the Foreign Ministry said. Dozens had minor injuries suffered during the stampede to escape the complex in Pasay City, just south of Manila. While the incident did not take place in our hotel, we have increased security at our property.

A U.S. State Department official said it is not aware of any American citizens affected "but we are continuing to gather information". "But one woman I was trying to save fell from the second floor".

Maricel Navarro, a manager at the resort, said her partner of seven years, Hazel Yongco, was among the dead.

"We are aware of the reports of gunfire at the Resorts World Manila", spokesman Jeff Flaherty said in the statement. US President Donald Trump also branded it a "terrorist attack".

"It is really very sad as to what's going on throughout the world with terror", he said from the White House Rose Garden.

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