Bus hostage standoff ends in the Philippines with 8 killed

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August 23, 2010 18:55

 
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MANILA, Philippines — A 12-hour hostage stand-off on a bus hijacked by a disgruntled ex-policeman in the Philippines ended in bloodshed Monday, with officials saying at least seven Chinese tourists were dead along with the ex-policeman who seized their vehicle in a bid to get his job back.

At least six hostages survived, four of whom were seen crawling out the back door of the bus after Philippine police stormed it Monday evening when the hostage-taker started shooting at the 15 Chinese tourists inside, said police Senior Superintendent Nelson Yabut.

He said the hostage-taker was killed with a sniper shot to the head after he wounded a police sharpshooter.

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