Explosions and gunfire at Manila resorts in the Philippines

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Gunfire, explosions reported at Resorts World Manila in Philippines

Gun shots and explosions rang out from an entertainment resort in the Philippine capital Manila early on Friday and local media reported armed men were inside the complex, Reuters reported.

Reuters said that Resorts World Manila said on social media it was in lockdown and the local fire department said a blaze was burning on the second floor of one building.

“We are searching the area as much as we can, to make sure it is clear. I can confirm that shots were fired,” a Resorts World official, Stephen James Riley, told reporters, according to Reuters.

Asked how gunmen were able to enter the building he said: “That is not known at this time. We will investigate later.”

Large numbers of police massed outside as smoke rose from the casino, hotel and shopping complex, a Reuters witness said. The complex is close to Terminal Three of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and an air force base, Reuters indicated.

Videos posted on social media showed people running from the resort as several loud bangs could be heard. Other footage, none of which could be immediately verified, showed apparently injured people being taken away by emergency services, added Reuters.

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