Philippines bus hostage crisis ends with six passengers dead
Philippines police stormed a busload of tourists being held hostage by a disgruntled former policeman, leaving six dead, including the hostage-taker.
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.
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 â€” leaving 15 inside â€” and demanded his job back to free the rest.