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36 die in Philippines Casino attack

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Manila:  At least 36 people died after a gunman burst into a Manila casino, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight on Friday, sources said.

Many of the dead suffocated in the chaos as guests and staff tried to flee choking smoke at the complex, as per sources.

Earlier police said more than 70 people suffered mostly minor injuries in the stampede to escape. The only gunshot wound was to a guard at the complex, who accidentally shot himself when the suspect entered the room.

Thousands of residents have fled the city, and at least 140 people have been reported killed there since the siege began last week.

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