At least thirty-four killed in Philippines hotel attack

  • 02/06/2017

At least thirty-four people have been found dead inside a Philippines hotel and casino complex dead after a pre-dawn attack by a lone gunman.

Manila police told CNN the death toll is "due to suffocation" after the shots set gaming tables alight.

The gunman behind the attack has killed himself.

Islamic State has accepted responsibility for the attack.

Around 30 people were injured in the rush to escape when the gunman burst in to the casino and began firing shots.

Police say he had an M4 rifle, but did not seem to target people. They described him as "foreign-looking, a Caucasian, about six feet tall."

His body was found during a search after the complex was evacuated.

Hundreds of people had been trapped inside, but staff and patrons have now escaped. Some were injured.

Police, SWAT teams, firefighters and medics poured into the area around Resorts World Manila, which is close to the city's international airport.

Thick black smoke could be seen pouring from the area.

In the south of the country, Philippines armed forces have been battling an ISIS-aligned group.