Islamic State claims responsibility for Manila casino attack that killed 37
A masked gunman set fire to a gaming room at a casino in the Philippine capital, igniting a toxic blaze. The victims suffocated inside one of the main gambling venuesworld Updated: Jun 02, 2017 18:15 IST
Manila: The Islamic State, one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups, claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on a casino in Phillippines, which left 37 dead, according Amaq news agency tied to the group.
A masked gunman set fire to a gaming room at a casino in the Philippine capital, igniting a toxic blaze, authorities said. The victims suffocated inside one of the main gambling venues of the upscale Resorts World Manila, while dozens of other people were injured in a panicked crush to escape.
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, police said.
“He burned himself inside the hotel room 510,” national police chief Ronald dela Rosa told a media conference. “He lay down on the bed, covered himself in a thick blanket and apparently doused himself in gasoline.”
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The gunman initially disappeared into the chaos of smoke and running people, leading to a five-hour manhunt through the complex, which also includes a hotel and shops, according to Dela Rosa.
He said the assailant, who appeared to be a foreigner because he spoke English and looked Caucasian.
Dela Rosa said the man, acting alone, walked into one of the gaming rooms and fired the rifle at a large television screen, then poured gasoline onto a gambling table and set it alight.
He said the man then fired again at a stock room containing gambling chips and filled a backpack with chips worth 113 million pesos ($2.3 million).
The man left the room and went upstairs to the hotel section, but left the backpack, according to Dela Rosa.
First Published: Jun 02, 2017 18:04 IST