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Philippines bus hostage crisis ends with 7 dead

2010-08-23 14:48:16 GMT2010-08-23 22:48:16 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Police commandos assault a bus with tourists being held hostage at Quirino Grandstand in Manila August 23, 2010. Police were poised to storm a bus where a sacked former Filipino policeman was holding 15 Hong Kong tourists hostage in downtown Manila after shots were heard at the scene, TV pictures and a Reuters witness said.(Photo/Reuters)

Police commandos try to open the door of a bus during the assault on a bus with tourists being held hostage at Quirino Grandstand in Manila August 23, 2010. (Photo/Reuters)

A hostage is rushed to a hospital following an assault by police and SWAT members to rescue hostages in a bus at Manila's Rizal Park Monday Aug. 23, 2010 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed the bus Monday evening after shots were heard from the hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists, and at least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door.(Photo/AP)

A hostage is carried into an ambulance following an assault by police and SWAT members to rescue hostages in a bus at Manila's Rizal Park Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed a bus Monday evening after shots were heard from the hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists, and at least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door.(Photo/AP)

MANILA, Philippines – A dramatic hostage-taking in the Philippines capital ended with six bus passengers dead Monday after shots rang out and police stormed the vehicle.

The hostage-taker also died, police said.

Five hostages were brought to the Manila Hospital, two of them dead on arrival and three alive without injuries.

The Manila Doctors Hospital reported it received four dead and one woman in critical condition.

The incident started when a dismissed policeman armed with a M16 rifle seized the busload of Hong Kong tourists to demand his reinstatement in the force.

Police officer Roderick Mariano cited the Filipino driver who escaped moments before police surrounded the bus as saying the hostage-taker, identified as former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, 55, opened fire at the tourists.

The gunman earlier released nine hostages — leaving 15 inside — and demanded his job back to free the rest.

(Agencies)

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