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Philippine police questioning driver in casino attack probe

06 June 2017, 05:33 | Bernice Figueroa

Philippine police questioning driver in casino attack probe

Philippine police questioning driver in casino attack probe

But IS claimed responsibility, with a report on its self-styled Amaq news agency saying its "fighters" carried out the attack.

Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, National Capital Region Police Office chief, identified him as Jessie Javier Carlos, 42, a former employee of the Department of Finance stationed at the One Stop Shop as a tax analyst.

The family admitted Carlos became despondent because of his gambling losses, Albayalde said.

The suspect, a father of three children, was separated from his wife due to a misunderstanding over his gambling addiction.

The security failures that allowed Mr. Carlos to rampage through the casino tarnish the Philippines' hopes of building a gaming industry on a swathe of reclaimed land to rival Asia's biggest gambling centers in Macau and Singapore.

Carlos fled to an adjoining hotel and reportedly killed himself.

The attacker was identified as Jessie Carlos who earlier worked at the Resort in the Department of Finance (DOF).

Thirty-seven people died in the fires, dozens more were injured in a stampede to escape, and Carlos was found dead about five hours later in a hotel room after committing suicide by setting fire to himself, police had said. Local media said his departure was related to discrepancies in his personal statement of assets and liabilities.

"The message of what happened to my son is people should not get hooked on gambling so their families won't get destroyed", Teodora told reporters.

The video footage bolstered the government's case that the attack was a botched robbery attempt by one man with no known link to terrorism, and police said that's exactly why they wanted to release it. "He is already addicted, so you are no longer in your right mind when you are addicted". "It's like being addicted to drugs".

Carlos took an elevator to the second floor, and put a ski mask over his face.

A security guard tried but failed to stop Carlos as he was brandishing a baby armalite. He went directly to the casino, brandishing an M4 assault rifle and fired shots, hitting a big TV monitor.

Carlos had stormed into the casino wing of Resorts World Manila just after midnight last Friday in what investigators said was a robbery that went awry. On Friday, a gunman entered the complex and set fire to its casino, triggering a blaze that left at least 38 people dead. He stuffed chips totaling 113 million pesos ($2.3 million) in a backpack, which police later recovered, he said.

Footage next showed security personnel encountering the gunman in what appeared to be a stairwell. Gomez said the gunman was shot in the leg, but after walking up a couple steps, the assailant walks back down to casually shut the door - nearly as if he had left it open by mistake.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said the attacker was simply "crazy".

"So we just like to say that we like to put the worries of the general public to rest", the spokesperson said, adding that the attack was a "criminal act perpetrated by an emotionally disturbed individual".

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