Gunshots and explosions were heard at a casino resort in Philippine’s capital Manila late on Thursday night. The Resort World area was in a lockdown following the attack.
The attack came days after Philippine’s Army attacked Mindanao Island’s Marawi City which is considered a stronghold of Islamic militants.
"Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown followingreports of gunfire from unidentified men," the company said on its Twitter account.
Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men.— Resorts World Manila (@rwmanila) June 1, 2017
Just minute after the attack, Islamic state claimed the responsibility for the attack apparently in response to government’s action against the rebels in the southern part of the country. Police, firetrucks and SWAT teams have surrounded the area. The authorities are trying to evacuate people from the spot.
Police,firetrucks& SWAT team in area.Resorts World Manila on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men: Philippines media— ANI (@ANI_news) June 1, 2017
The eyewitnesses said that they have been asked to stay indoors and the security in nearby areas have been enhanced.