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ISIS claimed responsibility for the Manila casino attack. Police deny any terror-link.


UPDATE June 2 at 11:34 a.m. EST:

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack at a casino in Manila, despite the Philippine police denying that the incident was terror-related. 

By Friday evening, authorities said they still haven't determined the suspect's name or why he carried out an attack at the Resorts World Manila complex. Authorities told reporters that it may have been a robbery gone wrong because the suspect stole more than $2 million in gambling chips. 

UPDATE June 2 at 6:33 a.m. EST:

At least 35 people died from smoke inhalation after a gunman stormed a casino in Manila, Philippines, Friday and set fire to gambling tables. 

Authorities are still working to identify the gunman. 

This image made from closed circuit television made available by the Philippine National Police on Friday, June 2, 2017, shows the gunman at the Resorts World Manila complex in Manila, Philippines. A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed dozens, authorities said. The gunman stuffed a backpack with casino chips before he fled but was found dead in an adjacent hotel early Friday. (Philippine National Police via AP)

Philippine National Police released images from closed circuit television on Friday, showing the gunman at the Resorts World Manila complex in Manila.

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. EST:

Philippine police said the suspect connected to the explosions at a casino near Manila has been found dead of apparent suicide, according to the Associated Press.

Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said the English-speaking suspect was found dead with his rifle on the fifth floor of the Resorts World Manila complex. Police have now moved their search to the suspect's car where it was parked on the second floor. Before the attack, he exited his car with a rifle.

Abayalde added that the guards at the door ran away after spotting the gunman.

The suspect confiscated 113 million pesos--worth about $226,000--worth of gambling chips, which were discovered in a bag he was carrying.

There is no indication of terrorism, Abayalde also noted, saying the suspect lost in the casino and wanted to get his money back, or went "totally nuts."

UPDATE 6:10 p.m. EST:

Philippine officials say they are on the hunt for a lone gunman who fired shots at the Resorts World Manila resort on Friday local time. They described him as "foreigner-looking" with white skin and about 6 feet tall.

Because the gunman fired the shots into the air, officials say there "is no sign this is a terror attack." However, they said about 30 people have been injured and that some are unconscious. 

The resort remains on lockdown while officials continue to search the area for the suspect.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. EST:

Around 4 a.m. local time Friday, Resorts Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly told reporters that law enforcement officials were looking inside the buildings for one suspect, CNN reported.

"We are still investigating the situation," Reilly said in a statement. "We are searching the area as much as we can to make sure the building is clear."

Witnesses said the gunman fired shots in the air.

"I spoke with some of the employees earlier and many of them say they saw at least two, two suspects, armed with long firearms wearing all black," witness Jay Dones said. "One of them was carrying a bottle. 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."

The number of those injured or killed remain unclear. The Philippines Red Cross tweeted it had transported three people from the resort to hospitals. 

UPDATE 3:33 p.m. EST:

President Trump addressed the ongoing situation in Manila, sending his thoughts and prayers to the Philippines, from the Rose Garden. 

UPDATE 2:14 p.m. EST:

Resorts World Manila tweeted updates after explosions and gunshots were reported local time Friday.

UPDATE 2:11 p.m. EST: 

Smoke is coming from the building, CNN reported.

Witnesses described a scene of successive gunshots fired by masked gunmen and explosions. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Gunfire and explosions have rocked a casino resort known as Resorts World Manila in Newport City in the Philippines on Thursday, CNN reported. Swarms of police, fire trucks, and SWAT teams were seen in the area local time on Friday. 

The complex is filled with numerous hotels, restaurants, and bars.

WATCH | Scene outside the Resorts World Manila after reports of explosions and gunfire.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law earlier in the week after ISIS-linked militants took hostages from a Catholic church.

This story is developing.

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