Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A gunman burst into a casino in the Philippine capital on Friday, setting gaming tables alight and killing at least 36 people who suffocated in thick smoke, in an attack claimed by Islamic State but which officials believe was a botched robbery.

The gunman killed himself in a hotel room after being shot and wounded by security officers at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex, police said. A second “person of interest” who was in the casino at the time was cooperating with the investigation, police said. (Reuters)

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Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A man holds back tears as he lights candles for victims in an attack at the Resorts World Manila complex, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on a memorial during a mass for victims of an attack at the Resorts World Manila complex, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

The body of one of the victims in an attack at the Resorts World Manila complex, arrives for autopsy at a funeral home, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A family grieves as they wait for their daughter's body at the Resorts World Manila complex, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

This image made from closed circuit television made available by the Philippine National Police on Friday, June 2, 2017, shows the gunman at the Resorts World Manila complex in Manila, Philippines. A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed dozens, authorities said. The gunman stuffed a backpack with casino chips before he fled but was found dead in an adjacent hotel early Friday. (Philippine National Police via AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino soldiers take their position outside Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City on June 2, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Basilio H. Sepe/Getty Images)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Security watch as smoke comes out a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A picture taken on June 2, 2017 shows smoke coming out the roof of the Resorts World Hotel in Manila following an assault. / (Photo: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino soldiers take their position outside Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City on June 2, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Basilio H. Sepe/Getty Images)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino policemen stand guard outside the Resorts World Manila building after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City on June 2, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Basilio H. Sepe/Getty Images)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino soldiers take their position outside Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard in Pasay City on June 2, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Basilio H. Sepe/Getty Images)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Philippines' police officers gesture as they stand guard by the Resorts World Hotel in Manila on June 2, 2017 following an assault. (Photo: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Police outside a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Bomb sniffing dogs and police walk outside a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Police walk outside a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Smoke rises from the Resorts World Manila complex, June 2, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Gunshots and explosions rang out early Friday at a mall, casino and hotel complex near Manila's international airport in the Philippine capital, sparking a security alarm amid an ongoing Muslim militant siege in the country's south. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Hotel guests, one with a robe wrapped around her body, walk away from the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday, June 2, 2017 in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Emergency responders and onlookers gather outside as smoke rises from the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Military vehicles are positioned outside the Resorts World Manila complex early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino elite Police Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) personnel maneuver outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Employees and onlookers gather outside the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Gunshots and explosions rang out early Friday at a mall, casino and hotel complex near Manila's international airport in the Philippine capital, sparking a security alarm amid an ongoing Muslim militant siege in the country's south. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino policemen take their position outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A Filipino policeman takes position outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Smoke rises from the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Gunshots and explosions rang out early Friday at a mall, casino and hotel complex near Manila's international airport in the Philippine capital, sparking a security alarm amid an ongoing Muslim militant siege in the country's south. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Filipino elite Police Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) personnel take their position outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

First responders assist a victim of the Resorts World Manila attack in Manila, Philippines on June 1, 2016. (Tikos Low via Facebook)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A Filipino rescuer attends to a wounded hotel guest outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A Filipino man is frisked by a policeman outside the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

A view of the Resort World Manila hotel in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/EPA)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Scene after a terror attack at Resorts World in Manila, Phillipines on June 1, 2017. (Photo: Tikos Low/Facebook)

Heavily armed men storm hotel and a casino resort in Philippine capital

Scene after a terror attack at Resorts World in Manila, Phillipines on June 1, 2017. (Photo: Tikos Low/Facebook)