Authorities are not yet declaring it to be a terrorist attack, but early reports indicate that at least one masked gunman was firing at hotel residents and set off an explosion. Police and emergency resources responded to the report. It’s not clear if anyone has been killed or if so, how many. At this early stage, authorities are not sure if the attack is linked to the terrorist siege of the city of Marawi.
A resort complex in Manila said it was on lockdown early Friday following reports of explosions and gunfire.
Philippine police, fire trucks and SWAT teams rushed to the scene at Resorts World Manila, where witnesses reported seeing a masked gunman firing at guests on the second floor of a hotel.
An upper floor of a nearby mall was on fire, and photos circulating on social media showed plumes of smoke pouring out of the building.
It was not immediately clear whether there was any connection to fighting on the southern island of Mindanao between security forces and Islamist rebels linked to the Islamic State, who have taken hostages and burned buildings in a battle for control of the city of Marawi…
Is it possible as more efforts are being made to drive Islamic terrorists out of the Middle East that they are have decided to start concentrating on other areas of the world such as the Philippines? That also means that they could begin launching attacks here in the US if no other reason but to create panic and to get their names known.