Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

A gunman killed himself after bursting into a Manila casino, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight, Philippine police said, sowing panic in a country on high alert after martial law was declared in the south.

A source at one of the resorts told Reuters employees were being evacuated and declined to give more details.

Witnesses reported seeing injured people, including a SWAT officer who rushed to the scene and was reportedly fired upon. News channel ANC said there were two gunmen, wearing masks and black clothes. "We were able to save many of them", he said. "One of the employees told me that the suspect began pouring the contents of the bottle on one of the tables and lit it on fire".

Resorts World Manila tweeted that the complex was in lockdown.

There have been reports of gunfire and explosions at a tourist hotel in the Philippines.

"When we smelled smoke, we chose to go for the exit in the carpark".

Several hours later, witnesses on the scene said the shooting had stopped.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Abayalde says the guards at the door ran away after seeing the armed man.

The Philippines Red Cross tweeted that it had transported three people from the resort to hospitals.

Albayalde said the gunman had tried to steal 113 million pesos (RM9mil) worth of gambling chips, although he left the backpack on the ground near the stock room. "We are searching the area as much as we can to make sure the building is clear".

The Metro Manila Development Authority confirmed a fire had broken out. All mobile patrol units and tactical motorized units of QCPD have been deployed to secure the city.

Resorts World Manila is now on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men.

It is home to a casino, four hotels, four bars, eight restaurants, a movie theater and a mall, according to its website.

Police cordoned off the area near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport shortly after the attack began, according to the AP.

A U.S. State Department official said it is not aware of any American citizens affected "but we are continuing to gather information". When President Donald Trump spoke at a news conference in the rose garden, he called the incident a "terrorist attack". Late last month, ISIS-linked militants carried out a series of attacks in the southern part of the country.

The incident is unfolding amid a 10-day deadly siege by Muslim militants aligned to the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi.

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