Explosions and gunfire at Philippines resort complex

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Reports are coming in of an ongoing incident in Manila where explosions and gunfire have been heard at the huge Resorts World complex in the Philippines capital.

There are reports of injuries although at the moment, many of these seem to be from people jumping from upper stories of buildings. The situation is ongoing with special forces of the PNP - Philippines National Police - arriving on the scene.

The Resorts World complex occupies several blocks according to CNN.

For the last week, the Philippines army has been engaged in action against Muslim militants on the southern island of Mindanao, after they seized the city of Marawi.

Newstalk: Gunfire and explosions heard near resort complex in Philippines capital.

Terror attacks hamper relief efforts for Marawi evacuees | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

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Despite the dramatic footage and the claim of responsibility by Islamic State, the latest news suggests that it was a robbery. However, it did result in the deaths of 36 people.

The attacker was a large, English-speaking Caucasian (white) male.
 
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Looking very serious
IS have already claimed its their work


[video=youtube;f2srq0Br65g]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2srq0Br65g[/video]
 

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Looking very serious
IS have already claimed its their work


[video=youtube;f2srq0Br65g]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2srq0Br65g[/video]
There's still very little official information. Social media are reporting 25 injured. That might be just one source getting repeated again and again.
 

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It seems to have been more likely a robbery...
 

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It's a white boy but please we do not know how motivation (although it seems like money) and it may be he is either mentally unwell, protesting about something, or just a stupid greedy son of a bitxh who is trying to get rich.
 

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This will be embarrassing to Islamic State. Many have suspected that they're very quick to claim the actions of every and any murdering loon.

Events tonight - when they rushed to claim responsibility for the actions of a petty criminal - make them look rather ridiculous.
 

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No more ridiculous than the posters on here who were hoping it was ISIL, for another orgy of civilisational war crack and carry on :D
 

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Yes but IS makes an open call to anyone willing to carry out an attack and propagates possible methods to carry one out like for instance providing bomb making information in its online magazine. Its fair to say that there is a definite media wing in the IS.
 

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Anyway, the PNP says they've shot the guy dead so it looks like the panic is over.

In fairness, it wouldn't be easy to launch a Manchester-style attack in Manila. They're used to dealing with Abu Sayyaf terrorism and there are security checks on the way into hotels, shopping centres etc.
 

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No more ridiculous than the posters on here who were hoping it was ISIL, for another orgy of civilisational war crack and carry on :D
Duterte would have been hoping too. He's gagging for a reason to declare martial law nationwide.
 

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Anyway, the PNP says they've shot the guy dead so it looks like the panic is over.

In fairness, it wouldn't be easy to launch a Manchester-style attack in Manila. They're used to dealing with Abu Sayyaf terrorism and there are security checks on the way into hotels, shopping centres etc.
There was a security check on this hotel too , worked pretty well .How do you know they are used to dealing with "terrorism" in manila ,?
 

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There was a security check on this hotel too , worked pretty well .How do you know they are used to dealing with "terrorism" in manila ,?
Because I've been there and they are. There's security everywhere.

The thing the attacker was white. No-one there expects WHITE PEOPLE to do bad things so maybe the security folks were a little easy on him because of his ethnicity.

It's a bizarre case. He burst in, opened fire, set the place of fire, grabbed a load of casino chips, headed upstairs to one hotel room, set himself on fire and shot himself dead.....!
 

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In the travel segment of the Pat Kenny show on NT, someone raved about the Phillippines as a travel destination. I thought at the time that was rather irresponsible. Non essential travel to that place is very ill advised - if you want hot safe beaches, fly that bit further to Oz.
 

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Because I've been there and they are. There's security everywhere.

The thing the attacker was white. No-one there expects WHITE PEOPLE to do bad things so maybe the security folks were a little easy on him because of his ethnicity.

It's a bizarre case. He burst in, opened fire, set the place of fire, grabbed a load of casino chips, headed upstairs to one hotel room, set himself on fire and shot himself dead.....!
The deaths were mostly by "suffocation" apparently. I wonder whether fear of terrorism may have meant that people were kept inside in lockdown instead of being evacuated.
 

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Because I've been there and they are. There's security everywhere.

The thing the attacker was white. No-one there expects WHITE PEOPLE to do bad things so maybe the security folks were a little easy on him because of his ethnicity.

It's a bizarre case. He burst in, opened fire, set the place of fire, grabbed a load of casino chips, headed upstairs to one hotel room, set himself on fire and shot himself dead.....!
Perhaps next time your there you might look a bit closer at the "security" . If they are armed it may not be loaded , as most of the private security have to provide their own weapons and ammunition . Not what it appears at all .
 

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Anyway, the PNP says they've shot the guy dead so it looks like the panic is over.

In fairness, it wouldn't be easy to launch a Manchester-style attack in Manila. They're used to dealing with Abu Sayyaf terrorism and there are security checks on the way into hotels, shopping centres etc.
And not many of them could afford an Ariana Grande ticket.
 

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In the travel segment of the Pat Kenny show on NT, someone raved about the Phillippines as a travel destination. I thought at the time that was rather irresponsible. Non essential travel to that place is very ill advised - if you want hot safe beaches, fly that bit further to Oz.
Been there have you ?
 


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