Monday 18 December 2017

Police in Manila question taxi driver about casino attack suspect

A man holds back tears as he lights candles for victims in an attack at the Resorts World Manila complex (Aaron Favila/AP/PA)
A man holds back tears as he lights candles for victims in an attack at the Resorts World Manila complex (Aaron Favila/AP/PA)
A woman weeps during a memorial for those killed in the casino fire. Photo: AP/Getty
Police officers are seen outside the complex in Manila. Photo: AP/Getty
Smoke rises from the Resorts World Manila complex early yesterday morning. Photo: AP/Getty
Tourists are pictured after being evacuated from a Resorts World building in Pasay City
A security guard stops photographers from entering the vicinity of Resorts World Manila after gunshots and explosions were heard
An injured man lies on the floor
The suspected gunman at the fire exit. Photo: AP/Getty
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Police in the Philippines are questioning a taxi driver who may be able to provide details on the suspect in the Manila casino attack that killed dozens of people.

Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Alabayade said the driver took the suspect to the casino.

He said the focus of the investigation now is figuring out the identity and background of the suspect, who killed himself after the attack early on Friday.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the incident but Philippine police said they believed it had been a robbery gone wrong.

According to police, the man stormed into a casino and used petrol to torch gambling tables. More than 35 people died from smoke inhalation.

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