Gunshots and explosions at Philippine mall

"We will investigate later".

The Philippine national police chief says there is no concrete evidence that the attack on a hotel and casino complex near Manila's airport is terrorism.

All terminals at nearby Ninoy Aquino International Airport were also locked down because of the attack.

It is not clear exactly how many people have been injured or killed and there have been no official statements.

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"We ask for your prayers during these hard times", said a message on the verified account. He said police were now in full control of the situation. Across from Manila's global airport, it has been a popular tourist destination since opening in 2009. "It's an ongoing operation".

Local media outlet ABS-CBN News and social media users captured panicked people fleeing Resorts World Manila in Pasay.

Witnesses who spoke to radio stations said several gunmen were seen in the complex.

Witnesses interviewed by local media said attackers were wearing masks and black shirts.

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"I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running".

They are said to have poured a flammable substance on gaming tables, before setting them alight.

No group has claimed responsibility.

The Philippines has been on heightened alert amid a crisis in the south of the country, where troops have been battling Islamist rebels since May 23.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Islamic State there. The State Department said no USA citizens were involved in the incident.

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