Philippines: Police surround hostage bus after firing shots

August 23, 2010 15:09


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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine police in helmets and flak jackets crouched beside the bus on Monday, after firing shots at the tires in a bid to end a daylong hostage standoff involving 15 Chinese tourists.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

Police said they fired at the tires to immobilize the vehicle.

Moments later, a Filipino driver has been seen during live TV footage late Monday running away from the bus. Police commandos then surrounded it and were seen breaking the door and windows with a hammer.

They still did not enter the vehicle.

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