36 Dead at Manila Casino: Police Chief Says ‘We Cannot Attribute This to Terrorism’

A gunman went on a rampage in a casino resort in the Philippines, shooting TV screens and setting fires. Dozens were injured, though initially there were no confirmed deaths apart from the gunman who was found burned in what is believed to be suicide.

Now, at least 36 deaths have been confirmed, bodies discovered which police say died from “inhaling smoke that had become toxic because of the carpet on the gaming room floors,” The Malaysian Insight reported.

Early on ISIS allegedly took credit for this attack, claiming it was a lone wolf inspired attack, but Philippine national police deny this.

“Don’t panic, this is not a cause for alarm,” said Ronald de la Rosa, Philippines National Police Chief. “We cannot attribute this to terrorism. We are looking into a robbery angle because he did not hurt any people and went straight to the storage room. He parked at the second floor and barged into the casino, shooting large TV screens and poured gasoline on a table setting it on fire.”

Witnesses say there were explosions outside of the resort that overturned a car.

The USA State Department tweeted the following:

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