Resorts World Manila gunman burned self to death: Police

Resorts World Manila gunman burned self to death: Police
People stand by the entrance of the Resorts World Hotel as smoke comes out of the roof of the building in Manila on June 2, 2017 following an assault.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Friday confirmed that the lone gunman behind the attack on Resorts World Manila is dead.

Dela Rosa, who earlier claimed that the gunman was killed after resisting arrest, said that the suspect set himself on fire in one of the rooms at the hotel.

"He's dead," Dela Rosa told reporters. "He burned himself inside the hotel in Room 510. He was burned beyond recognition."

"He laid in bed, covered himself in a blanket, poured gas on the blanket and set himself on fire. He's burned," Dela Rosa added.

Earlier, the police chief said the gunman was a foreigner, a Caucasian who appeared to stand six-foot tall.

He, however, denied reports that the international terror group ISIS was responsible for the attack.

"There is a lone man who entered the second floor of Resorts World Manila. He was carrying an M4 rifle and he burned gambling tables. He did not shoot anyone," Dela Rosa said in an interview with reporters at the police command centre in the hotel complex.

Police are eyeing robbery, not terrorism, as motive behind the shooting for the suspect stole P130 million (S$3.6 million) worth of casino chips.

Police, composed of members of Special Action Force (SAF) and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), are still in the area.

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