Resorts World Manila entertainment complex (Source: Wbj7)
Hanoi (VNA) – At least 34 bodies have been found at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex in Manila, the Philippines, following an attempted armed robbery on June 2.

Many of the dead suffocated as guests and staff tried to flee thick smoke at the complex, according to a report by ANC News.

Police said the man started shooting at television screens, lit gaming tables on fire and filled a backpack with gambling chips worth 113 million Philippine pesos (USD 2.3 million)

Police said the unidentified gunman fire at officers, fled to the hotel section of the complex and killed himself by setting himself on fire.

The body of the suspected gunman was found in a hotel room in the complex at about dawn. 

Officials said at least 54 people were hurt as they tried to escape the attack.

Local media reported that gunshots and explosions were heard from the Resorts World Manila, a complex of a commercial centre, hostels and a casino on early June 2. 

The Islamic States immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, National Police Chief Director Ronald dela Rosa said that the incident appeared to be a solo robbery and was not terror-related. 

He said the gunman had not aimed his assault rifle at people in the complex and may have been trying to steal casino chips.

Local police have been mobilised to the scene, while the country’s army said they will monitor the situation.  

Travellers International Hotel, the owner and operator of the complex, said officials are investigating.-VNA