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Manila police fired 20 rounds in ill-fated bus

09-03-2010 17:32 BJT Special Report:HK Tourists Held Hostage in Manila |

By Timothy Chui (China Daily HK Edition)

Investigators probing the aftermath of the August 23 Manila hostage crises have found evidence that 20 rounds were fired into the Hong Thai Tours bus by police.

Hong Kong investigators probing the aftermath of the August 23 Manila hostage
crises inspects the ill-fated Hong Thai Tours bus in Taguig, the Philippines,
Aug 30, 2010.(Photo/Xinhua)

Eight Hong Kong residents died during the hostage taking by Rolando Mendoza, a 55-year-old ex-cop dismissed for corruption.

The information concerning evidence of police bullets came out despite a gag order surrounding the inquiry.

Documents obtained by Filipino broadcaster ABS-CBN News disclose that police bullets hit the vehicle's windshield, driver's side window, tyres and a window near the door well.

Bullet holes linked to the line of fire of the SWAT team were also found in windows near to where some of the passengers were seated, according to the report.

Filipino authorities expect to wrap up the gathering of evidence next week.

Hong Kong Police are working in tandem with Filipino investigators who may also fly to Hong Kong to take statements from two survivors, to assist in mounting a re-enactment of the tragedy next Monday, said Filipino Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Without naming the two hostages, she added the trip may be cancelled if statements taken by Hong Kong police are provided and there are no conflicts.

Following the probe, a high-level delegation will take the investigations' findings to Beijing and then to Hong Kong.

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