PHILIPPINES: 35 DEAD in casino robbery, gov officials say no link to Islamic State jihadis…….

That we know of ….yet

At least 36 dead in attack on Philippines casino: official

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Neil Jerome Morales | MANILA

A gunman burst into a casino in the Philippines on Friday, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight, and at least 36 people were killed, most suffocating in thick smoke, in what officials believe was a botched robbery.


There was no evidence linking the attack at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex to fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in the country’s south, said Ernesto Abella, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte.


“All indications point to a criminal act by an apparently emotionally disturbed individual,” Abella told a media conference.


“Although the perpetrator gave warning shots, there apparently was no indication that he wanted to do harm or shoot anyone.”


Police said the gunman killed himself soon after the attack, and they later announced they were looking for a second “person of interest” who was believed to be a Philippine national.



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