Friday, 2 June 2017

Philippines attack: At least 36 dead after gunman sets fire to resort

At least 36 bodies have been found at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex that was stormed by a gunman, local media has reported. Most of the dead suffocated in the chaos as guests and staff tried to flee choking smoke at the complex, ANC News channel said, quoting the Bureau of Fire Protection. Officials said at least 54 people were also injured, some seriously.
The unidentified lone gunman stormed the casino at Resorts World Manila, a complex of hotels, restaurants, stores and a sprawling multi-floor gambling area, in the early hours of Friday morning. He fled with stolen casino chips worth at least 113m Philippine pesos (£1.7m, $2.3m), then forced his way into a room in an adjoining hotel and killed himself by dousing himself in gasoline and setting himself alight, police said. It was not clear how he smuggled the gasoline and rifle into the crowded casino. The bag of high-value gambling chips was found in a toilet. Dela Rosa described the gunman as white, about 6ft tall and English-speaking.
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