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Hostage Rescue Team Bungled Philippine Bus Rescue

Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 07:17 AM

The ethnic Chinese couple, a man of 72 and his 66-year-old wife, were among nine hostages the police inspector disgruntled over his sacking had allowed off the bus five hours after the hijacking began.

As darkness fell after nine hours of negotiations, the mood changed dramatically and Rolando Mendoza, 55, a highly-decorated police officer, began shooting the hostages and firing out at police snipers. The Telegraph reports.

But as criticism by the Chinese government and Hong Kong authorities mounted over the handling of the police operation, Benigno Aquino, the president of the Philippines, promised a full inquiry.

The disaster played out live on television, and showed ill-equipped and confused police teams surround the bus, but then take 70 minutes to gain entry.

The gunman was shot in the head by a police sniper after he wounded one policeman and teargas grenades were finally tossed into the vehicle.

By then, eight of the hostages were dead in grim scenes that sparked outrage in Hong Kong, even though six other tourists escaped injury along with the Filipino driver.

Police admitted on Tuesday that they had made blunders in efforts to end the hijacking by Mendoza, who was trying to win his job back after he was dismissed on charges of robbery and extortion.

Read the entire story at telegraph.co.uk

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The ethnic Chinese couple, a man of 72 and his 66-year-old wife, were among nine hostages the police inspector disgruntled over his sacking had allowed off the bus five hours after the hijacking began.
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