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Islamic State lays claim to Manila casino attack

The terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack at a resort and casino complex in the Philippine capital, Manila, which left at least 37 people dead, CNN reported June 2.

A heavily armed man carried an assault rifle and set fire to tables in a gaming room of the Resorts World Manila, igniting a blaze that suffocated scores of guests and workers. Police said that they have obtained security footage of the suspect who later committed suicide. Witnesses said that the suspect was Caucasian and spoke fluent English.

Later, a statement from the Amaq News Agency, the IS news outlet, announced that the "Islamic State fighters carried out" the attack although it has not revealed the identities of the supposed perpetrators, CNN said.

The national police denied the act's link to terrorism and said that robbery was the motive, according to CNN. Nonetheless, the attack sent jitters across the country already reeling from a deadly raid carried out by ISIS-inspired militants in the southern island of Mindanao in late May that led President Rodrigo Duterte to contemplate a nationwide imposition of martial law.