Dozens of people are feared injured after ‘Islamic State gunmen’ opened fire at a hotel resort near Manila airport.

The shooting started at the popular Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines at about midnight local time and terrified witnesses described a ‘two hour’ onslaught of gunfire.

Explosions were also heard coming from the tourist hotpot and bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building. 

At least one masked gunman reportedly stormed the second floor of one of the complex’s four hotels and fired at guests and staff. Police chiefs confirmed that, some five hours after the attack began, the gunman was still on the loose.

The shooting started at the popular Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines at about midnight local time. Victims were carried out of the tourist hotspot after a gunman opened fire on the second floor of a hotel 

The shooting started at the popular Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines at about midnight local time. Victims were carried out of the tourist hotspot after a gunman opened fire on the second floor of a hotel 

The shooting started at the popular Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines at about midnight local time. Victims were carried out of the tourist hotspot after a gunman opened fire on the second floor of a hotel 

Explosions and gunfire were heard coming from the tourist hotpot

Explosions and gunfire were heard coming from the tourist hotpot

Bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building

Bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building

Explosions and gunfire were heard coming from the tourist hotpot and bloodied victims were seen being stretchered out of the building

Other witnesses reported ‘armed masked men’ in the building’s casino. Footage, posted on social media, shows guests fleeing as gunshots ring out across the resort.

ISIS have claimed responsibility however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that casino attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds.

At about 4.30am local time he said that one gunman was involved in the attack and was still at large.

Kara Verano filmed people running and described a ‘teargas burning’ substance in the air as she and her friends hid in a ‘restaurant storeroom’. 

At least one masked gunman reportedly stormed the second floor of one of the complex's four hotels and opened fire. An armed Filipino policeman is pictured taking position outside the Resort World Manila

At least one masked gunman reportedly stormed the second floor of one of the complex's four hotels and opened fire. An armed Filipino policeman is pictured taking position outside the Resort World Manila

At least one masked gunman reportedly stormed the second floor of one of the complex’s four hotels and opened fire. An armed Filipino policeman is pictured taking position outside the Resort World Manila

A truck with Filipino military personnel arrive outside the Resort World Manila

A truck with Filipino military personnel arrive outside the Resort World Manila

A truck with Filipino military personnel arrive outside the Resort World Manila

Writing on Facebook she said: ‘We were just eating at Bulgogi when we heard gunshots other customers said that there were men coming out of the casino wearing masks and armed. 

‘We got stuck in the restaurant’s storage room for almost two hours with continuous gunshots coming from outside and smell something is burning.. I wasn’t sure if it was a teargas or something is actually burning.. it was as if impossible to breakout.’ 

The Philippine Red Cross said at least 25 people were reported injured so far and had been taken to various hospitals. 

Kentron Lopez, who works in the resort, described people jumping from escalators as they tried to escape. 

Writing on social media, he said: ‘Some jumped out from escalators and the second floor to get out.

‘We were few of the remaining people who [got] out of the vicinity. I can only imagine how the rest felt.’

Crowds of people ran from the complex as smoke billowed from the second floor of one of the complex's four hotels 

Crowds of people ran from the complex as smoke billowed from the second floor of one of the complex's four hotels 

Crowds of people ran from the complex as smoke billowed from the second floor of one of the complex’s four hotels 

Witnesses described people jumping from escalators as they tried to escape. Emergency services treated victims on the pavement outside the hotel, casino and nightclub

Witnesses described people jumping from escalators as they tried to escape. Emergency services treated victims on the pavement outside the hotel, casino and nightclub

Witnesses described people jumping from escalators as they tried to escape. Emergency services treated victims on the pavement outside the hotel, casino and nightclub

Kara Verano filmed people running from the complex and described a 'teargas burning' substance in the air

Kara Verano filmed people running from the complex and described a 'teargas burning' substance in the air

She said she and her friends hid in a 'restaurant storeroom'

She said she and her friends hid in a 'restaurant storeroom'

Kara Verano filmed people running from the complex and described a ‘teargas burning’ substance in the air as she and her friends hid in a ‘restaurant storeroom’

ISIS have claimed responsibility however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that casino attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds

ISIS have claimed responsibility however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that casino attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds

ISIS have claimed responsibility however the Philippine police chief said there was no evidence that casino attack was terrorism and added that there were no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds

Crowds of people ran from the complex as smoke billowed from the roof of one of the hotels, where the second floor is on fire. 

Resorts World Manila is opposite Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and is one of the busiest airport terminals in the country.

‘I heard many, many gunshots,’ Julio Silva, a witness who managed to dash out of the mall complex, told DZMM radio network.

The incident is unfolding amid a 10-day deadly siege by Muslim militants aligned to the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi. 

The attack has sparked fears that the militants may attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege. 

As well as armed officers military tanks were positioned outside the complex in the early hours of Friday morning 

As well as armed officers military tanks were positioned outside the complex in the early hours of Friday morning 

As well as armed officers military tanks were positioned outside the complex in the early hours of Friday morning 

A Filipino man is pictured raising his hands to police outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, Manila 

A Filipino man is pictured raising his hands to police outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, Manila 

A Filipino man is pictured raising his hands to police outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, Manila 

Footage posted on social media shows guests fleeing

Footage posted on social media shows guests fleeing

Screams and gunshots can be heard

Screams and gunshots can be heard

Footage, posted on social media, shows screaming guests fleeing as gunshots ring out across the resort

Resorts World Manila is opposite Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and is one of the busiest airport terminals in the country 

Resorts World Manila is opposite Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and is one of the busiest airport terminals in the country 

Resorts World Manila is opposite Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and is one of the busiest airport terminals in the country 

A car crashed on its roof outside the resort complex during the attack at around midnight local time 

A car crashed on its roof outside the resort complex during the attack at around midnight local time 

A car crashed on its roof outside the resort complex during the attack at around midnight local time 

Emergency services were filmed outside the resort

Emergency services were filmed outside the resort

As well as several hotels the complex includes a casino, shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars and a theatre

As well as several hotels the complex includes a casino, shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars and a theatre

Emergency services (left and right) were filmed outside the resort. As well as several hotels the complex includes a casino, shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars and a theatre

As well as several hotels the complex includes a casino, shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, clubs and a theatre.

‘Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men,’ the company said on its Twitter account.

‘The company is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe.’

IS said ‘lonewolf soldiers’ from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations.

Police confirmed the gunfire reports at Resorts World, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines’ international airport.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities and the gunman’s fate is not yet known. 

Police confirmed the gunfire reports at Resorts World, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines' international airport

Police confirmed the gunfire reports at Resorts World, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines' international airport

Police confirmed the gunfire reports at Resorts World, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines’ international airport

A spokesman for Resorts World Manila said the complex is 'on lockdown' after the attack 

A spokesman for Resorts World Manila said the complex is 'on lockdown' after the attack 

A spokesman for Resorts World Manila said the complex is ‘on lockdown’ after the attack 

IS said 'lonewolf soldiers' from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations

IS said 'lonewolf soldiers' from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations

IS said ‘lonewolf soldiers’ from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations

On its Twitter account a spokesman appeared to confirm that there was more than one gunman. Guests are pictured outside the resort

On its Twitter account a spokesman appeared to confirm that there was more than one gunman. Guests are pictured outside the resort

On its Twitter account a spokesman appeared to confirm that there was more than one gunman. Guests are pictured outside the resort

Dozens of armed police were stationed outside the hotel as the fate of the gunmen remains unknown 

Dozens of armed police were stationed outside the hotel as the fate of the gunmen remains unknown 

Dozens of armed police were stationed outside the hotel as the fate of the gunmen remains unknown 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State there.

He declared martial law shortly after militants went on a rampage through the southern city of Marawi, which is about 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila.

Security forces are still battling the militants in Marawi, and the clashes there have left at least 171 people dead.

Armed police surrounded the resort as victims continued to be carried out 

Armed police surrounded the resort as victims continued to be carried out 

Armed police surrounded the resort as victims continued to be carried out 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State

The attack has sparked fears that the militants may attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege

The attack has sparked fears that the militants may attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege

The attack has sparked fears that the militants may attack elsewhere to divert the focus of thousands of troops trying to quell the siege

Duterte said last week he may need to declare martial law across the rest of the country if the terrorism threat spread.

US president Donald Trump is receiving updates from his national security team following the incident.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted that ‘@POTUS is aware of the situation in Manila and being provided updates by his national security team.’

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