Attacked a casino in Manila were ex-official

Attacked a casino in Manila were ex-official

Moscow. June 4. INTERFAX.RU — the Attack on a casino in Manila, which killed 38 people, was not a terrorist attack and a botched robbery attempt, according to the Associated Press, citing the police chief of the country’s Oscar Albayalde.

As he said at a press conference on Sunday, the attack was attended by one person. The police chief stressed that “this is not a terrorist act.”

AP notes that the robber was a former employee of the Department of Finance of the Philippines, Jesse Carlos. He was dismissed in 2014 due to the fact that they tried to conceal from the authorities their property and, thus, violated the requirement of transparency of assets of public servants in the Philippines. He was forbidden to hold any public office and deprived of severance pay. In addition, Carlos is addicted to gambling, but the funds he lacked.

In the course of a robbery in the night of June 2, Carlos clashed with the guards and then set fire to the tables below, appears to hinder their pursuit. The hotel and casino were a lot of people. Began a strong fire, which killed 38 people. Most of them suffocated from the smoke on the second floor, where they hid in a VIP room.

The robber was found dead on the fifth floor of the hotel. According to police, he set fire to the room, which is reached, and then shot himself.

On Friday responsibility for the attack on the hotel, Resorts World Manila, where he worked casino, has taken the group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). However, the authorities denied these claims, noting that evidence of a terrorist there is no trace.