June 2, 2017 / 12:19 PM / 6 months ago

Islamic State claims responsibility for World Manila attack

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility on Friday for an attack on a casino in the Philippine capital Manila that killed at least 36 people, after officials said there was no evidence of militant involvement.

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

A gunman burst into the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex on Friday, firing shots, setting gaming tables alight and killing at least 36 people, all suffocating in thick smoke, in what officials have believed was a botched robbery.

“Brother Abu al-Khayr the Archipelagian, God accept him, successfully infiltrated a gathering of Christians with his assault rifle in the Resorts World Manila in the Philippines where he caused them death and humiliation until he was martyred,” Islamic State said in a statement.

“The attack yielded over 100 deaths and injuries from the Christians, thanks and blessings to God.”

Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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