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Resorts World Manila in lockdown after shooting alarm

Several shots were heard at a hotel in Pasay City early Friday morning, Super Radyo dzBB's James Agustin reported.


An employee said at five shots were fired from the third floor before they were told to leave the establishment.

According to witnesses, they saw a man with his face covered and and armed inside the hotel.

At this time, smoke can be seen at the Resorts World Manila.

Resorts World Manila, through its official Twitter account, announced that the complex is on lockdown.



"Resorts world Manila is currently in lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men," the establishment said.

"The Company is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe."

"We ask for your prayers during these difficult times."

Emergency responders attend to several individuals who were injured while they were rushing out of the establishment.

GMA News' Vonne Aquino reported that smoke can be seen on the top floor of the hotel.

An armed man reportedly fired shots and burned tables, employees said.

The Agence France-Presse reported that ISIS or the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

IS said "lonewolf soldiers" from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organizations.

Police confirmed there were reports of gunfire at Resorts World, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines' international airport.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries.

President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State there.

He declared martial law shortly after militants went on a rampage through the southern city of Marawi, which is about 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Manila.

Security forces are still battling the militants in Marawi, and the clashes there have left at least 171 people dead.

Duterte said last week he may need to declare martial law across the rest of the country if the terrorism threat spread. — with a report from the Agence France-Presse/BAP, GMA News