Witnesses: Gunshots and surges at Philippine mall

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Bullit Marquez/ AP Smoke increases from the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Gunshots and surges rang out early Friday at a shopping mall, casino and hotel complex near Manila’s worldwide airport in the Philippine capital, triggering a security alarm in the middle of a continuous Muslim militant siege in the nation’s south.

Published Thursday, June 1, 2017|11:39 a.m.

Updated 32 minutes ago

MANILA, Philippines– Gunshots and explosions called out early Friday at a shopping center, casino and hotel complex near Manila’s international airport in the Philippine capital, triggering a security alarm amid a continuous Muslim militant siege in the country’s south.

Philippine police hurried to the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday after gunshots rang out at the commercial center, where smoke began rippling from an upper floor of the mall.

There were reports of injuries by witnesses, consisting of a SWAT member, who hurried to the scene and was supposedly bombarded by unknown guys.

Resorts World Manila said in its Facebook account that it was “currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified males,” including “the company is working closely with the Philippine National Cops to guarantee that guests and workers are safe.”

“We ask for your prayers during these difficult times,” the company stated.

Philippine cops have actually not offered details about the incident but have begun cordoning off the location near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“I heard many, many gunshots,” Julio Silva, a witness who managed to rush out of the shopping center complex, told DZMM radio network.

The occurrence is unfolding amidst a 10-day fatal siege by Muslim militants lined up to the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi. The attack has actually triggered fears that the militants may attack somewhere else to divert the focus of countless troops aiming to stop the siege.

The WEBSITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism screen, stated an Islamic State-linked Filipino operative who provides daily updates on the ongoing clashes in Marawi declared that “lone wolf soldiers” of the Islamic State group is accountable for the attack at Resorts World Manila.

An English message by the operative was dispersed throughout numerous pro-IS Telegram chat groups, WEBSITE said. Inning accordance with SITE, he composed: “The lone wolf soldiers of Khilafah attack the heart of Kufar the city of Manila in Resort World.”

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