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8 confirmed dead in Manila hostage taking incident, says Chinese FM spokesman

08-24-2010 08:13 BJT Special Report:Tourists Held Hostage in Manila |

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least eight tourists from Hong Kong were confirmed dead and another two seriously injured in a bus hijack in Manila Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Monday night.

At least eight tourists from Hong Kong were confirmed dead and another two seriously injured in a bus hijack in Manila Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Monday night.
At least eight tourists from Hong Kong were confirmed dead and another two seriously 
injured in a bus hijack in Manila Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma 
Zhaoxu said Monday night.

"The Chinese government expresses its grave condolence to the victims and its deep sympathy to the families of those Hong Kong compatriots," Ma said in a statement.

The Chinese government strongly condemns the violence of the hijacker, and will send a working team to the Philippines to deal with the aftermath, he said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also held a phone conversation with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang over the tragedy. They agreed that the working teams sent by the Foreign Ministry and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will cooperate in dealing with the aftermath.

Tsang also appreciated the central government's efforts.

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