US President Donald Trump expresses sadness over 'terrorist attack' in Manila

WASHINGTON DC - US President Donald Trump Thursday expressed sadness and sympathy for victims of what he labelled a "terrorist attack" at a casino in the Philippines capital Manila.

"We're closely monitoring the situation," Trump said in response to the gunfire attack, which was quickly claimed by the Islamic State group. "But it is really very sad as to what is going on throughout the world with terror. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected."

Gunshots rang out from the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex in Pasay City early on Friday, with an armed man setting fire to casino tables inside the complex. A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said it was not aware of any U.S. citizens affected, but was continuing to gather information. "We remain in close contact with local officials," she said, adding that U.S. citizens were advised to exercise caution and monitor local media for further information. However, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa downplayed initial claims that it was a terrorist attack. He told reporters that the gunman tried to steal casino chips and had not killed anyone. "We cannot connect this yet to terrorism," he told reporters. He said the attack could be robbery-related.
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