Monday, August 23, 2010

Hostage crisis involving sacked policeman unfolds in Manila (VIDEO)

A Filipino angry at being fired from the police force was holding hostage 15 Hong Kong tourists and their driver on a bus in downtown Manila on Monday.
The gunman, identified as Rolando Mendoza and armed with an automatic rifle, had said, via a handwritten note, that a "big deal" would happen after 3 p.m. (3 a.m. EDT), but the deadline passed without incident. A ninth hostage, a Filipino, has since been released, and negotiations continued as the stand-off stretched to almost eight hours and rain began to fall. [Read the full article here]
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