Philippine authorities have released footage of Thursday’s deadly casino attack carried out by a lone gunman in which 38 people were killed. Footage shows the assailant walking through the Resorts World Manila casino shooting into the air and setting gambling tables on fire before robbing the safe. Philippine officials reject the ISIS connection and have stated it was not an act of terrorism.
Watch CCTV footage of the Manila casino shooting
Two days after a gunman opened fire at a casino in the Philippines capital, Manila, where at least 38 people were killed, footage of the deadly attack was released (Saturday). Security camera footage shows the assailant, armed with a number of weapons, walking throughout the casino shooting in the air and lighting tables and slot machines on fire. Later on, the assailant appears to be robbing the casino’s safe and engaging in a shootout with security personnel, after which he flees with $2 million, locking himself in a hotel room where he took his own life.
As previously reported by JOL, the shooting began at around midnight (local time) when the gunman entered the Resorts World Manila casino for what appears to have been a planned robbery. The suspect began shooting at slot machines and setting tables on fire, prompting many guests and employees to flee the scene. According to local reports, many of the victims suffocated due to the smoke.
Ernesto Abella, a spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, confirmed that the incident was not related to terrorism. “All of the indications point to a criminal act that was carried out by a man who was disturbed,” he said.
Duterte, himself, reiterated yesterday (Saturday) that the attack was not a terror attack and that although ISIS claimed responsibility, it was not their work.