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Bloody End to Philippine Hostage Standoff

Monday, 23 Aug 2010 09:46 AM


MANILA — An armed policeman who was fired last year took a tourist bus hostage on Monday, setting off a daylong standoff that appeared to end after police commandos stormed the bus, The New York Times reports.

Six of the 15 hostages, most of them Chinese nationals, were shown crawling out of the bus after police assault teams moved in. Others were carried motionless from the bus, but the police did not say how many people had been killed or wounded. A man shown slumped and apparently lifeless by the main door of the bus was identified as the gunman, but the authorities did not immediately confirm his fate.

Live video from the scene showed police commandos, their rifles drawn, surrounding the bus, slamming windows with sledgehammers and opening an emergency exit as emergency vehicles converged at the scene. A television reporter said there had been additional gunfire after the police tried to enter the bus, but it was not clear who was shooting, or whether anyone had been hit.

A short time earlier, the driver of the bus managed to escape after cutting himself loose from handcuffs the hostage-taker had put on. The driver jumped through a window, ran from the bus and screamed, “Everybody is dead!” to a group of journalists who had clustered at the scene.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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