Casino killer iden­ti­fied

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MANILA: Philip­pine po­lice yes­ter­day iden­ti­fied the gun­man behind an at­tack on a casino that killed 36 peo­ple as a heav­ily in­debted local man ad­dicted to gam­bling, rul­ing out any in­volve­ment by Is­lamic mil­i­tants.

The gun­man was named as Jessie Javier Car­los, a 42-year-old Filipino, who stormed the casino in Manila on Fri­day, set­ting gam­ing ta­bles alight and killing dozens of peo­ple who suffocated in thick smoke. Is­lamic state claimed the at­tack, but of­fi­cials in­sisted it was a botched rob­bery.

Car­los, whom po­lice de­scribed as a “high-roller”, killed him­self af­ter be­ing shot and wounded by se­cu­rity of­fi­cers.

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