UPDATE: At least 36 people dead after lone gunman stormed the #ResortsWorldManila complex early Friday morning, suspect reportedly killed himself.
June 1, 2017 The Islamic State or ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Resorts World Manila in the Philippines early Friday morning. The number of casualties is unknown.
Resorts World Manila is located in Pasay City, which is in the metro area of the capital, Manila. The SITE Intelligence Group reported that an ISIS Filipino operative has claimed responsibility for the attack.
First responders, including Fire, Police and SWAT teams surrounded Resorts World Manila in at approximately 1:30 a.m. Local time on Friday after reports of gunfire and blasts inside the complex.
According to the Resorts World Manila’s official Twitter account, the tourist attraction is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men. A
statement on Twitter confirmed the Resort is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure its guests safety and asked for prayer during these “difficult times.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that POTUS is aware of the situation in Manila and is being provided updates by his national security team.
The Resorts World Manila features multiple hotels and bars, a casino, shopping mall and a movie theater. Worldwide, places of amusement where hundreds or even thousands of people gather have always been favored targets of terrorist organizations.
The United States Department of Homeland Security partnered with large hotel chains across the country to raise awareness of the terrorist threat to hotels. Then DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano partnered with LOEWS Hotels & Resorts in 2011 to bring the “If you see something, say something” public service announcement (PSA) to television screens in the guest rooms.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."