Ramadan’s bombathon is proceeding exactly as expected: with a sharp increase in terrorist attacks. In medieval times Ramadan was actually a preparation for jihad against the infidel. Brutal Muslim warlords and their soldiers would fast, be celibate and pray to Allah to gain strength and blessings to succeed in their murder sprees. How ironic that Western government’s send Ramadan greetings to Muslims during this season.
The police is in denial. When the police makes excuses for terrorists and align with them the country has an even bigger problem than Muslim jihadist.
Tourists injured in ISIS gun attack: Terrified guests jump from second-floor windows and dozens are wounded as armed Islamists storm Philippines resort popular with Westerners
- Dozens of people are feared injured after gunfire at the Resorts World Manila, a resort hotel near the airport
- Shooting started at about midnight local time and witnesses described ‘two hours’ of explosions and shots
- Footage, posted on social media, shows guests fleeing the complex amid explosions and gunshots
- IS said ‘lonewolf soldiers’ from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group
- But Philippine police chief said there was no evidence of terrorism and said he belived it was a ‘robbery’
- There were also conflicting reports over whether it was a lone gunman or several armed men in the resort
- Police chiefs confirmed that, some five hours after the attack began, a gunman was still on the loose
- Attack unfolded amid 10-day deadly siege by Muslim militants aligned to IS in the southern city of Marawi
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao last week to crush ‘rising threat of IS’
Dozens of people were feared injured after masked gunmen opened fire at a hotel resort near Manila airport.
The shooting started at the popular Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines at about midnight local time and terrified witnesses described ‘two hours’ of panic.
Explosions were also heard coming from the tourist hotpot and bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building.
At least one masked gunman reportedly stormed the second floor of one of the complex’s four hotels and fired at guests and staff. Police chiefs confirmed that, some five hours after the attack began, a gunman was still on the loose.
Islamic State claimed responsibility, however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that the attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds.
At about 4.30am local time police chief dela Rosa said that one gunman with a M4 assault rifle was involved in the attack and he was still at large.
‘Don’t panic, this is not a cause for alarm. We cannot attribute this to terrorism,’ he said.
‘We are looking into a robbery angle because he did not hurt any people and went straight to the casino chips storage room.
‘He parked at the second floor and barged into the casino, shooting large TV screens and poured gasoline on a table setting it on fire.’
Kara Verano filmed people running and described a ‘teargas, burning’ substance in the air as she and her friends hid in a ‘restaurant storeroom’.
Writing on Facebook she said: ‘We were just eating at Bulgogi when we heard gunshots other customers said that there were men coming out of the casino wearing masks and armed.
‘We got stuck in the restaurant’s storage room for almost two hours with continuous gunshots coming from outside and smell something is burning.. I wasn’t sure if it was a teargas or something is actually burning.. it was as if impossible to breakout.’
The Philippine Red Cross said at least 25 people were reported injured so far and had been taken to various hospitals.
Kentron Lopez, who works in the resort, described people jumping from escalators as they tried to escape.
Writing on social media, he said: ‘Some jumped out from escalators and the second floor to get out.
‘We were few of the remaining people who [got] out of the vicinity. I can only imagine how the rest felt.’
Crowds of people ran from the complex as smoke billowed from the roof of one of the hotels.
Resorts World Manila is opposite Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and is one of the busiest airport terminals in the country.
‘I heard many, many gunshots,’ Julio Silva, a witness who managed to dash out of the mall complex, told DZMM radio network.
The incident unfolded amid a 10-day deadly siege by Muslim militants aligned to the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi.
It sparked fears that militants may attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege.
As well as four hotels the complex includes a casino, shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, clubs and a theatre.
‘Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men,’ the company said on its Twitter account.
‘The company is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe.’
Stephen James Riley, a Resorts World official, said: ‘We are searching the area as much as we can, to make sure it is clear. I can confirm that shots were fired.
Asked how gunmen were able to enter the building he said: ‘That is not known at this time. We will investigate later.’
IS claimed ‘lonewolf soldiers’ from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations.
Police confirmed the gunfire reports at Resorts World, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines’ international airport.
Jeri Ann Santiago, who works in the emergency room at the San Juan de Dios hospital, close to Resorts World, said 13 people were being treated, but more were on the way.
Most of the patients were suffering the effects of smoke inhalation and some had injuries such as fractures, she said, adding that none had gunshot wounds.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State there.
He declared martial law shortly after militants went on a rampage through the southern city of Marawi, which is about 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila.
Security forces are still battling the militants in Marawi, and the clashes there have left at least 171 people dead.
Duterte said last week he may need to declare martial law across the rest of the country if the terrorism threat spread.
US president Donald Trump is receiving updates from his national security team following the incident.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted that ‘@POTUS is aware of the situation in Manila and being provided updates by his national security team.’