Gunman who fired shots inside Manila casino reportedly commits suicide


MANILA, June 2 (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Friday a gunman who fired shots inside an entertainment resort and casino in the capital, Manila, had committed suicide by setting himself alight.

"Our assessment is he burned himself. He committed suicide," Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Manila police office, said in a radio interview.

The gunman burst into the casino, fired shots and set gaming tables alight in Resorts World Manila early on Friday, sowing panic in a country on high alert after martial law was declared in the south, but police said the motive was likely robbery.

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Smoke billows from the Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A tourist wearing a bathrobe gestures after he was evacuated from the Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A security guard stops photographers from entering the vicinity of Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Evacuated employees and guests of hotels stand along a road and watch as smoke billows from a Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
An armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) arrives near the Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Smoke billows from the Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A policeman alights from an armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) near the Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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(Reporting by Manuel Mogato and Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Paul Tait)


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