Thursday, 1 June 2017

Gunfire and explosions heard near Resorts World in Manila

Gunfire and explosions have been heard near at a hotel complex close to the airport in the capital of the Philippines.
One video posted on Twitter showed crowds of people rushing out Resorts World late at night and in another the sound of weapons being fired could be heard.

"I live right behind Resorts World ... and you can see the smoke and hear gunshots and people are shouting at each other," one witness said in a video posted on Facebook.

Swat teams and ambulances have reportedly been sent to the scene.

"Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men," the operators of the hotel complex said on Twitter.

The complex, opposite the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, includes four hotels, casinos, a shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, clubs and a theatre.
ABS-CBN News reported that several injured people had been seen at Resorts World, but there are not official casualty figures yet.

The Metro Manila Development Authority confirmed a fire had broken out.

The Philippines is currently battling Islamic State militants in the south of the country.

Islamic State flags have been spotted around Marawi and images have been circulated of smiling fighters dressed in the black clothing and posing with stolen government weapons and armoured vehicles hit by rocket-propelled grenades.

SKY      News.