Philippines: Deadly raid on casino 'was not terrorism,' say coppers

Manila Philippines. Police say a gunman stormed a crowded Manila casino and used gasoline to set gambling tables on fire creating

Manila Philippines. Police say a gunman stormed a crowded Manila casino and used gasoline to set gambling tables on fire creating

Police had said on multiple occasions that the attack was not related to terrorism, and emphasized that there was only one person not multiple attackers involved.

MANILA, Philippines A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed at least 36 people, authorities said.

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

CNN Philippines reported the suspect was found burned beyond recognition.

"Either he lost in the casino and wanted to recoup his losses or he went totally nuts", said Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the incident, but the Philippine military has dismissed it.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying there were multiple attackers, but then making a second claim that the lone gunman was one of their soldiers.

Rejecting the claim, police said there was "no truth" to the assertion. The fighting has placed much of the country on edge and raised fears that the ISIS group was gaining a foothold.

The man ransacked a room and stole gaming chips, Philippines National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said.

The suspect also killed himself and his body was found in a hotel room in the same complex, the police said.

Jeri Ann Santiago, who works in the emergency room at San Juan de Dios hospital, said patients were suffering from smoke inhalation and some had injuries such as fractures but none had gunshot wounds.

"We can say that this is not an act of terror", Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said.

In what police are calling a botched robbery the man burst into the casino and began firing shots into the air, before pouring petrol over gaming tables and setting them alight.

Reilly said only guards on the complex's perimeter are armed.

Kimberly Molitas, a spokeswoman for the capital's police office, said $2.27m worth of casino chips stolen during the raid had been recovered. About 70 people in total were injured. The gunman, they say, then went into a room where he took his own life.

"I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running". He said the woman was not moving afterward, but he didn't know what happened to her.

Resorts World Manila is now on lockdown, following reports of gunfire from unidentified men, who claimed to be part of the ISIS.

President Donald Trump is offering the thoughts and prayers of the American people to those impacted by an attack at a tourist resort in the Philippines.

"I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila", he said at the start of Rose Garden briefing to announced the USA pull-out from the Paris climate agreement.

A USA intelligence official reportedly said that "a laugh went up" in the Situation Room after Trump spoke.

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