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People scramble to safety after an attack on Resorts World Manila on June 2, 2017.

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Gunmen attack Resorts World Manila

 

MANILA – Entertainment complex Resorts World Manila is on a lockdown following reports of gunfire from a lone gunman and explosions there just after midnight on Friday (Thursday evening in UAE).

A Philippine Red Cross personnel said that at least 25 people were injured and taken to various hospitals. The figure is expected to rise, with many people still trapped in the complex, said Fernando Atienza of the Philippine Red Cross. The Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection said that 34 people were found dead.

Manila resident Hessa Isabelle, who lives near Resorts World Manila, took a video footage from her apartment and described hearing gunshots from the popular tourist destination.

“I can hear gunshots. Oh my God! And you can see the smoke and there’s gunshots and people are shooting at each other,” she is heard as saying in the video, which also captured the sounds at least three explosions.

Witnesses said a masked gunman was seen firing at people on the second floor of a hotel in the complex. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.




On its Twitter page, Resorts World Manila said it was “working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe.”

“We ask for your prayers during these difficult times,” the company tweeted as witnesses reported seeing armed special police officers in bulletproof vests and body armor rush to the scene.

According to initial reports, a gunman fired at security forces and hotel guests. It is believed that the gunman gained entry to the hotel in Pasay City through a parking elevator that allows direct access to the second, third and sixth floors of the building.

A witness told media that two men wearing bonnets entered the second floor and opened fire in the air, sending people scrambling out to safety. One woman reportedly jumped out of the window to escape. It is not clear if she survived the fall.

Witnesses also said that the unidentified gunman set fire to the place, with the hotel’s second and third floors bearing the most damage.

Hotel supervisor Jun Mangosing told Radio DZMM that while he and others escaped through the staircase, they saw several armed men going through the third floor, which houses private rooms of VIP casino players.

Casino player Julio Silva, who was rescued by special forces, said he hid in the toilet for 30 minutes after first hearing the gunshots. Silva said the second floor was filled with thick smoke after he emerged from his hiding place.

Silva told DZMM that shots rang out again, and he heard one of the rescuers say, “May tama ako (I’m hit)!”

Resorts World Manila, located across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, is a resort complex comprising of hotels, restaurants and bars. The popular tourist destination also houses a casino, cinema and luxury stores.

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