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Hong Kong regional government, has released a list of the victims' names from Monday's hostage attack in Manila. The tragedy happened when a bus, carrying 21 Hong Kong tourists and four Filipinos was hijacked by former Police Inspector Rolando Mendoza.
Close to 12 hours of negotiating and pleading ended in a bloody stand off between hostage taker Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza and police authorities. More than 20 Hongkong tourists figured in the hostage crisis. 9 were initially released. The remaining 15 passengers were Chinese nationals. The death toll now has reached 9 including the hostage taker according to Philippine and Chinese authorities. The injured are being treated in Manila hospitals.
15 year old Wang Zhuo Yao is one of the tourists unharmed from the incident but is suffering from post traumatic disorder.
Survivor Wang Zhuoyao said, I heard gunshots and the police fired teargas. then a lot of people inside the coach couldn't breathe.'
Candace Giron, Manila, Philippines, said, "Manila Doctors Hospital is one of the 4 medical institutions where the remaining hostages where brought to for immediate medical attention."
Relatives flew in from Hong Kong along with Hong Kong authorities to visit their loved ones at the hospitals.
Lai Tung Kwok, Deputy Executive, Hong Kong Security Bureau, said, it is our intention to bring the wounded and the unwounded together with the relatives back to Hong Kong as soon as possible.
Dinky Soliman, Social Walfare Secretary, said, As far as we know, the injuries happened while they were inside in the bus. An investigation and a report is being made by the police to the president.
Senior Superintendent Nelson Yabut who headed the assault team explained that 2 assaults happened. police forces threw teargas and A sniper shot killed the hostage taker in the head.
Police are investigating how driver Alberto Lubang managed to escape from bus unharmed.
Gregorio Mendoza, brother of the hostage taker believes his arrest by police authorities might have triggered his brother to fire the first shot.
According to authorities, obstruction of justice will be filed against Mendoza.
President Aquino described the assault as a hasty assault.
Earlier, the President has sent his apologies to the Hongkong Government for the Philippines' inability to secure the nationals.
Scene of the crime operatives as well as forensics experts have proceeded with their investigation, looking at all angles and to establish how the hostage taker was able to board the tourist bus without a hitch.
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