Hooded armed gunmen attack Resorts World, Manila. PNP engaged in gunfight with the attackers. No confirmed reports of the details of the ongoing incident.

Attack opposite Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

PICS courtesy: Inquirer.net

PICS courtesy: Inquirer.net

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While the dust has not yet settled on the crisis created by the ongoing siege in Marawi, there are news of another violent attack. But, this time around it happened right in the heart of Metro Manila.

It transpired just a few hours earlier that there was a daring armed attack earlier today.

A group of hooded, masked men, who resorted to indiscriminate firing, stormed the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. In the situation prevailing in the country, all hell broke loose with fears of a large terrorist attack in the city.

The company’s management tweeted shortly thereafter that the Resorts World Manila was under a lock down from today. The reason give was that some unidentified gunmen had fired gunshots. It stated that the Philippines National police was on the scene and coordinating the rescue and salvage efforts.

They did not share any other detail just mentioning that there were reports of explosions and gunfire at Resorts World. Even the Philippine National Police officials were quiet about the whole episode.

The sensitivity of the whole issue stems from the location of the Resorts World. It is located just opposite a main terminal of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The radio networks interviewed eyewitnesses as soon as they reached the scene of the incident.

Thus, there was a total clampdown on the news about what was happening at the complex housing the casino – hotel. Consequently, there was no idea as to how many had suffered in the incident.

All people reported hearing gunshots though some also reported heavily armed gunmen barging into the complex.

There was no information about the number of people involved in the attack or the identity of the group involved. Consequently, there was no idea about the motive for the armed attack.

There is o way to ascertain whether there is any conection of this attack with the currently ongoing incident at Marawi and the imposition of Martial law by the President to quell what he called rising influence of the Islamic State.

However, the death toll in Marawi is fast approaching the 200 mark.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson
Friday, 02 June 2017