ISIS ATTACKED ON AN ENTERTAINMENT RESORT IN THE PHILIPPINE CAPITAL MANILA :

Gun shots and explosions rang out from an entertainment resort in the Philippine capital Manila late on 1st. night and local media reported armed men were inside the complex.  Resorts World Manila said on social media it was in lockdown and the local fire department said a blaze was burning on the second floor of one building.  The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations, IS said ‘lonewolf soldiers’ from its group carried out the attack.    Asked how gunmen were able to enter the building he said: “That is not known at this time. We will investigate later.”  People ran screaming out of Resorts World Manila, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines’ international airport, according to television footage.  ‘Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men,’ the company said on its Twitter account.  ‘The company is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe,’ it said.  Large numbers of police massed outside as smoke rose from the casino, hotel and shopping complex. The complex is close to Terminal Three of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and an air force base.  Videos posted on social media showed people running from the resort as several loud bangs could be heard.  Other footage, none of which could be immediately verified, showed apparently injured people being taken away by emergency services.  “I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running. Some hotel guests said someone yelled ‘ISIS’,” an employee of Resorts World was quoted as saying by DZMM radio.  “Guests were screaming. We went to the basement locker room and hid there. People were screaming, guests and employees were in panic,” the employee said.  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State there.  He declared martial law shortly after militants went on a rampage through the southern city of Marawi, which is about 800 kilometres south of Manila.  Security forces are still battling the terrorists in Marawi, and the clashes there have left at least 171 people dead.  The Rediff.com : 1st. June,17

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