PHL police: Casino attacker was indebted gambler

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Philippine police have identified the gunman in Friday’s deadly attack on a casino in the capital, Manila, as a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling. The suspect was named as Jessie Javier Carlos, a 42-year-old father of three and former finance department employee who owed more than $80,000, according to police. The ISIS group initially carried two statements claiming responsibility for the attack, but they contained discrepancies. In his first remarks on the assault, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that the attacker was simply crazy.
He questioned what the gunman was going to do with the $2m horde of poker chips he had tried to haul away. He also discounted any links to ISIS , saying this “is not the work of ISIS. The work of the ISIS is more cruel and brutal.

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