MALAYSIAN gaming conglomerate Genting Group has slammed last night’s attack on its casino in Manila as a “cowardly act” and said its security team is working with local authorities to conduct search and rescue operations on its building where so far, 37 bodies including the suspect, have been found.
“This is a sad day for Resorts World Manila,” said a statement issued by the company shortly after news broke of the attack on its casino.
“It is with deep regret that we have been informed of several casualties, the number and identities of whom have yet to be determined.
“As soon as this information becomes available, we shall be informing their loved ones.”
The gunman initially disappeared into the chaos of smoke and running people, leading to a manhunt throughout the complex that ended just after dawn when he was found dead in a hotel room.
Police have said the victims died from suffocation from the smoke.
Genting’s statement said that their team on the ground has extended medical assistance to the 54 people who were taken to nearby hospitals after they suffered injuries in the attack.
“This cowardly act if a deranged mind will not defeat the spirit on which resorts World Manila was built.
“With your prayers, we will overcome this tragedy.”
Before the gunman was killed and police had confirmed any motive, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and US President Donald Trump also branded it a “terrorist attack” .
However, police have insisted that it was most likely a robbery gone wrong, saying the man did not shoot at anyone and appeared to be intent just on stealing gambling chips.
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