The Guardian | Friday 2 June 2017
- Police sent to entertainment resort in Philippines capital after reports of gunfire
- Resorts World Manila on lockdown after incident just after 2am – full report
Policemen walk past a still smouldering part of a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex early on Friday after the attack. Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP
Agencies have been filing some dramatic and concerning eye witness accounts of the attack and the subsequent panic.
People inside the casino recounted a terrifying ordeal when the shooting broke out.
“I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running. Some hotel guests said someone yelled ‘ISIS’,” Maricel Navaro, an employee of Resorts World, told DZMM radio.
“When we smelled smoke, we decided to go for the exit in the carpark. That’s where we got out. Before we exited, we heard two gunshots and there was thick smoke on the ground floor,” Navaro said.
Outside the complex, relatives of people caught inside waited on Friday to hear news of their loved ones.
“Our daughter called us past midnight saying she was in the VIP section of the casino and there was smoke and they were suffocating,” Gil Yongco, 42, told AFP.
“We are very worried about her. We haven’t heard from her.”
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