Casino attack should not hurt investments: finance chief

by Garry Watts June 8, 2017, 1:31
Casino attack should not hurt investments: finance chief

The burnt body of the gunman was found in a hotel room inside the complex about five hours later, police chief Ronald dela Rosa said.

The gunman is believed to have walked inside the casino via the parking garage with the automatic rifle at his side.

"We can not attribute this to terrorism", Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa said Thursday evening.

Police said casino security shot and wounded the gunman, who then retreated to a hotel room and doused himself in gasoline and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. De la Rosa says the gunman seized millions of pesos worth of gambling chips and that no one was hurt by gunfire.

"For now, we can say that this is not an act of terror".

Outside the complex, relatives of people trapped waited today to hear news of their loved ones. Thirty-seven people died of suffocation and smoke inhalation, and many others were injured in the resulting stampede, according to multiple reports.

Thick smoke from fires set by the suspect delayed a search of the building, but officers later discovered them during clearing operations, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde said.

He said the woman was not moving afterwards, but he did not know what happened to her.

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Authorities were not able to confirm the origin of the attack, but the Philippine military has been recently fighting groups associated with the Islamic State elsewhere in the island nation. Police have also said this does not look like a terrorist attack.

"The company is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe".

The U.S. Embassy in Manila urged Americans to "exercise caution and review your personal security plans".

As news of the attack had spread, President Donald Trump offered the thoughts and prayers of the American people to the Philippines.

Police said one gunman fired at an LED screen at the resort and lit a table on fire but did not shoot anyone.

"I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running". It is really sad with what's going on throughout the world with terror. "I could not carry her". Resorts World security are said to have initially failed to engage the gunman, who carried an M4 assault rifle and a bottle of fuel.

Duterte has warned that rebel fighters could try to advance northward as they push their agenda of an independent Islamic state and that he may seek to widen martial law across the entire country.

The unrest in Marawi had sparked fears that militants might attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege. Albayalde said the suspect shot a television set and set tables alight but did not shoot any person, which indicated that he did not have an intention to kill anyone and was not a terrorist.


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