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A 10-hour standoff on a hijacked bus in the Philippines has come to a dramatic end, with the killing of the hostage taker after a police assault. At least 17 of the 25 people traveling on the vehicle survived the incident.
Monday's 10-hour standoff in central Manila had concluded with the death of the hostage taker.
The gunman violently hijacked a bus early in the morning, before subsequently releasing nine hostages unharmed throughout the afternoon. Tension later rose suddenly, as gunfire was heard from inside the vehicle.
Policemen in helmets and flak jackets soon surrounded the coach. Snipers who had taken up positions in the general vicinity also moved in.
After shooting at the tires to immobilize the bus, the officers broke the front door with a sledgehammer, and finally moved into the isolated vehicle through the emergency door in the rear.
|After shooting at the tires to immobilize the bus, the officers broke the front |
door with a sledgehammer, and finally moved into the isolated vehicle through
the emergency door in the rear.
The driver had been seen climbing out of a window moments before the coach was stormed. He claimed that the gunman, armed with a rifle, opened fire on the remaining hostages.
The hostage taker has been identified as former Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza. He was dismissed from the force on extortion charges a year ago. He is suspected of hijacking the bus in a futile bid to regain his job.
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