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http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2017/06/02/gunshots--fire-at-manila-airport-hotel.html

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https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-resort-idUKKBN18S64I
Police were in the complex searching for the gunman, whom dela Rosa described as "foreign-looking, a Caucasian, about six feet tall". The suspect may have escaped because smoke had obscured footage for CCTV cameras, he added.

Security video shows methodical gunman in casino attack
[Associated Press]
TODD PITMAN
Associated PressJune 3, 2017
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-police-questioning-driver-casino-attack-probe-060216781.html

"..The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the early Friday rampage at the Resorts World Manila complex; a least 37 patrons and employees died, mostly from smoke inhalation as they tried to hide, while the gunman fled to an adjoining hotel and reportedly killed himself...

his was a botched robbery by a lone attacker with no known link to terrorism, and police said that's exactly why they wanted to release it.

He questioned what the gunman was going to do with the $2 million horde of poker chips he had tried to haul away. He also discounted any links to the Islamic State group, saying this "is not the work of ISIS. The work of the ISIS is more cruel and brutal."...

no confirmed reports that he shot any civilians. Instead, he fired into the ceilings, scattering panicked crowds, some of whom jumped out windows to escape what they believed to be a terror attack...

lbayalde said the security footage also indicated a clear motive. The gunman headed straight for a storage room in the back of the casino that contained poker chips. He is seen shooting through several thick white doors, breaking down one of them at 12:18 a.m. Friday — only 11 minutes after his arrival.

More than 12,000 people were in the complex at the time; most were successfully evacuated.

"He could have shot everybody there," Albayalde added. "He could have killed hundreds of people inside that establishment. But he did not shoot anybody ... he just burned the casino. Burning the casino could be a diversionary tactic for his escape."...

...National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa also said the attack did not appear to be terrorism, but he cautioned that authorities still know very little about the attacker.

"What if we establish the identity and there are leads that will lead toward terrorism? So our findings, our conclusion, will possibly change," he told DZMM radio...

..The Philippines has faced Muslim insurgencies for decades, though much of the violence has occurred in the troubled south. Many in Manila feared Friday's attack was linked to ongoing battles with militants aligned with the Islamic State group in the southern Philippine city of Marawi. The fighting has placed the country on edge and prompted Duterte to declare martial law across the south...

..IS carried two statements claiming responsibility for the attack, but they contained discrepancies. One mentioned fighters, the other just one fighter — a person who goes by the nom de guerre "Brother Abu al-Kheir al-Arkhabili." One of the statements also said the attacker "died as a martyr" — which would not make sense if he shot himself in an evacuated hotel room at the end of the night, as the police claim. Suicide is forbidden in Islam...

As a security officer runs after him, he whips a rifle out of his backpack, sending panicked throngs fleeing. This was the moment people began screaming, "ISIS! ISIS!" Gomez said....

The attacker, they say, set a final fire in the room and was found dead with a gunshot wound to the mouth.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/04/philippine-casino-attacker-was-indebted-gambler-police-say.html

Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said the man's immediate family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos — a married father of three and former Finance Department employee who owed more than $80,000 dollars.

The revelations confirm that "this is not an act of terrorism," Albayalde told a news conference. "This incident is confined to the act of one man alone as we have always said."

Authorities have repeatedly dismissed a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State group for Friday's attack on Resorts World Manila.

https://goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/neutral-perspective-isis-was-created-by-global-terrorists-or-global-state-governments