(Manila attack) Jihadi claims gunman wanted to burn down casino

Friday, June 02, 2017

The SITE monitoring service, which tracks white supremacist and jihadist activity online, said an Islamic State-linked Filipino operative who provides daily updates on the ongoing clashes in Marawi in southern Philippines claimed "lone wolf soldiers'' of the Islamic State group were responsible for the attack. (Pictured, the Manila gunman seen on CCTV).

An English message by the operative was distributed across several pro-IS Telegram chat groups, SITE said. According to SITE, the message says the attacker intended to burn the casino because the activities inside were haram, or forbidden by Islam.-AP