Published: Friday 02 June, 2017

Robbery Hold Up or ISIS Terrorists? Resorts World Manila Under Attack

Nothing conclusive yet about the incident at Resorts World Manila as of this writing. Shooting occurred at past midnight according to social media reports. Then a fire occurred with smoke billowing about the Resorts World complex. Then, CNN reported that explosions were heard inside the resort hotel, casino and shopping mall complex.

Resorts World attack

Reported fire and explosions followed the shooting at Resorts World Manila. (Twitter)

Many in social media are concluding that Resorts World is under ISIS terrorist attack. There are a number of UNCONFIRMED Twitter posts saying men in black shirts and wearing masks were responsible for the attack, citing supposed witnesses. Another post a read said, however, that it was a hold up/robbery disguised as a terrorist attack, citing a supposed text from a friend inside the casino complex.

While we await the official reports, let’s pray that everyone inside Resorts World is safe.

UPDATE: The attack in Resorts World Manila is apparently over. Police say the lone gunman was found dead inside Room 510 severely burned after setting himself on fire. CCTV videos reportedly showed it was a lone gunman who launched an attack on Resorts World Manila at just past midnight Friday.

As of the moment, mopping up operations are still ongoing inside the hotel casino and shopping mall complex. Thick smoke still covers many areas after the gunman set fire to some areas.

Although ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, Manila authorities are saying there is no evidence of terrorism. Injuries reported were caused by the stampede that followed the surprise attack, say the police. 

Many are still doubting the police’s version, though. What about the men wearing black shirts and masks earlier reported by witnesses? It’s also hard to believe that a lone attacker entered the complex armed with a high-caliber weapon only to kill himself afterwards. All that for robbery?

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