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Resorts World Manila: Shooting at Philippines leisure complex

Resorts World Manila: Shooting at Philippines leisure complex

A Filipino policeman takes position outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 02 June 2017. Resorts World Manila: Shooting at Philippines leisure complex

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A policeman stands by outside the Resorts World Manila complex

A tourist complex in the Philippines is on lockdown after explosions were heard and at least one gunman opened fire.

Police and Swat teams were deployed to Resorts World Manila shortly after midnight local time (16:00 GMT).

Staff at one hotel told CNN Philippines a masked gunman was on the second floor firing at guests, and TV footage showed people running from the building.

The Philippines Fire Protection Bureau confirmed reports of a fire on the same floor.

News site Rappler.com is reporting that several people have been wounded.

The complex wrote on Twitter: "Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men.

"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."

Eyewitness Hessa Isabelle filmed the scene from a nearby balcony and described seeing "people screaming and running out of the building".

"People are being evacuated out of the building and there's smoke coming out, and they're saying that it's a terrorist attack," she said.

Resorts World Manila: Shooting at Philippines leisure complex
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Media caption"I can hear gunshots… people are shooting at each other"

A spokesman for the Philippines' Army has said police are in control of the situation, and the military is monitoring it closely.

Resorts World Manila features multiple hotels and bars, as well as a casino, shopping centre and cinema.

Pictures have emerged on social media which show plumes of smoke pouring from one building.

A source at the scene told Reuters that an evacuation was under way.

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A truck carrying military personnel arrives at the hotel

The US state department has tweeted a warning to citizens, stating: "Reports of explosions/gunfire at Resorts World Manila, near the Manila Intl Airport. Avoid area & monitor local news."

It advised people to "check in with family/friends on social media to let them know you are safe".

President Donald Trump said the US was closely monitoring the attack and offered his "thoughts and prayers with all those affected".

The incident comes as the Philippines army is fighting militants linked to the so-called Islamic State group for control of the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao.

The so-called Islamic State said "lone wolf soldiers" from its group had carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations.

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