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Philippine Police Say Casino Attacker Was Indebted Gambler

/ Source: Associated Press
Mourners in Manila, light candles in front of a memorial outside the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex on Saturday, June 3, 2017. On Friday, a gunman entered the complex and set fire to its casino, triggering a blaze that left at least 38 people dead.Todd Pitman / AP

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MANILA, Philippines — Police in the Philippines say the suspect behind the casino attack that left dozens dead was a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling.

Police chief Oscar Albayalde said Sunday the family confirmed the man's identity as Jesse Carlos, a former employee of the Finance Department.

Albayalde says the man's family said he was US$80,000 in debt "due to being hooked in casino gambling."

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Albayalde says the family's account corroborated the belief that "this is not an act of terrorism."

Authorities have earlier dismissed the claim of responsibility by the ISIS group.

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