Breaking News: 36 Killed in Manila Casino Robbery
Our heart goes out to victims and their families with terrible news breaking from the Philippines today.
Manila Casino Attack
A gunman stormed a casino-hotel complex Resorts World Manila in a robbery attempt that has gone horribly wrong, leaving at least 36 people dead from suffocation in choking fumes and from smoke inhalation.
A robber stuffed a backpack with casino chips before he used gasoline to set gambling tables on fire creating clouds of fire that killed 36 casino visitors. It is still unknown how he managed to sneak petrol and an assault rifle into the crowded casino. Having set game tables on fire, the perpetrator fled the scene with $2 million worth in stolen chips forcing his way into a room in an adjacent hotel before killing himself.
The man has not been identified and the authorities are speculating with reasons for such a hideous crime.
“Either he lost in the casino and wanted to recoup his losses or he went totally nuts,” said Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde.
Not An Attack of Terror
The attack was initially linked with a terrorist group Islamic State Filipino who spoke about ‘lone wolf soldiers’ from the group being behind the incident, police report that the gunman did not shoot anyone he encountered and have moved on to rule out a terrorist attack.
“He would have shot all the people gambling” if his goal was terrorism, national police chief Ronald dela Rosa said, confirming that none of the bodies had gunshots.
The only gunshot wound was a guard at the complex who accidentally shot himself.
The attack sent hundreds of people fleeing into the streets during the night and early on Friday, during the week which saw government forces continue to fight against Muslim militants aligned with IS in the southern city of Murawi.