Casino killer identified
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.