Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

Injured people have been rushed away in ambulances.

A Muslim separatist rebellion in the southern Philippines has killed more than 120,000 people since the 1970s.

According to the resort's official Twitter account, the complex is now working with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe.

"We ask for your prayers during these hard times", the company said.

A resort in the Philippines is apparently under attack.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over the island of Mindanao last week after the crisis began. Gunman reportedly broke into the casino of the hotel. Witnesses have said they are dressed in black and wearing masks.

According to a report in Rappler, the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Office asked the media to refrain from airing raw information because it could compromise the operations in the area.

BREAKING: Philippine police chief says no evidence that casino attack is terrorism and no confirmed reports of gunshot wounds.

Dela Rosa told reporters at the scene that the gunman stole gambling chips, shot an LED monitor and set ablaze gambling tables by pouring gasoline on them.

Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said the police were in control of the situation and the army was monitoring closely.

Authorities investigating a shooting attack Thursday at one of the Philippines' most popular resorts said indications are that it was carried out by a man trying to rob gamblers at the casino. Smoke has been seen coming from the building. A large building is burning, according to witnesses.

The Philippines Red Cross tweeted that it had transported three people from the resort to hospitals.

  • Jon Douglas