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Manila police point to robbery, not terrorism in casino attack

At least 37 dead in shooting; gunman dies after burning himself alive

Resorts World Manila is in lockdown on Friday after a shooting incident around midnight. (Photo by Cliff Venzon)

MANILA -- At least 37 people are dead after a gunman burst into Resorts World Manila, opened fire and torched a portion of the casino around Friday midnight, in what the Philippine police regard as a robbery, and not a terror act.

Metro Manila police director Oscar Albayalde, in a televised briefing, said all victims died due to suffocation, save for the gunman who burned himself to death. Albayalde separately said in local TV interview that there could be more casualties, as authorities conduct search and rescue operations inside the casino.

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