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Deadly Hostage Standoff on Philippine Bus
Rolando Mendoza, a police officer fired from his job, was armed with an automatic rifle when he seized a bus in Manila, Philippines, with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand his reinstatement. The gunman and seven hostages were killed.
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Hostage Standoff

August 23: Police and SWAT team members prepare to storm a tourist bus to rescue hostages following a standoff with hostage taker, former Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists, in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. Mendoza was killed along with seven hostages.

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Hostage Standoff

August 23: A body hangs from the glass door of a tourist bus following an attempt by police and SWAT team members to rescue hostages at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists, in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. Mendoza was killed along with seven hostages. 

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Police and SWAT team members secure the scene after a bus with foreign tourists was taken hostage by a dismissed police officer at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed the vehicle Monday evening after shots were fired aboard the bus, where Chinese tourists were being held hostage. At least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Rescue units wheel a body wearing combat boots following a raid by police and SWAT members to rescue hostages aboard a bus at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed the bus Monday evening after shots were heard from the hostage-taker, and at least four of the hostages crawled to safety out the back door.

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A hostage grimaces as she is carried into an ambulance following a police raid to rescue hostages aboard a tourist bus at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed the bus Monday evening after shots were heard from the hostage-taker, who was holding Chinese tourists. At least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door. 

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A hostage is carried into an ambulance following a raid by police and SWAT team  to rescue hostages in a bus at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed a bus Monday evening after shots were heard from the hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists.At least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A hostage is rushed to a hospital following a raid by police and SWAT members to rescue tourists held in a bus at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police stormed the bus Monday evening after shots were heard from the man holding Chinese tourists hostage. At least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Hostage negotiators, left and right, talk to foreign tourists taken hostage by Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza after securing their release at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized a bus, background, in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza stands by the entrance of a tourist bus as one of the 25 hostages peers from a window (at left) during a standoff at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Hong Thai Travel Services Ltd. general manager Susanna Lau, right, speaks to the media in Hong Kong. A dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle seized a bus in the Philippine capital Monday with 25 passengers, most of them Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand his reinstatement, police said. Several hostages, including three children, were subsequently released unharmed.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Hostage negotiators, left and fourth from left, talk to foreign tourists taken hostage by former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza after securing their release at Manila's Rizal Park in the Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, most of them Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Hostage negotiators talk to foreign tourists taken hostage by former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza after securing their release at Manila's Rizal Park in the Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, most of them Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza stands by the entrance of a tourist bus as negotiators talk to him during a standoff at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A tourist bus with some 25 people on board sits parked in front of the Quirino Grandstand during a hostage standoff at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Senior Police Inspector Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. 

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A foreign tourist taken hostage by Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, unseen, waves as he peers from a window of a tourist bus while a negotiator prepares to communicate with the hostage-taker at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A foreign tourist taken hostage by Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, unseen, peers from a window of a tourist bus during a standoff at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Hostages peer from the window of a tourist bus during a standoff at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Former Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: Negotiators approach a tourist bus where former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza has taken hostage foreign tourists at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. 

(AP)

Hostage Standoff

August 23: A police officer gestures as another hostage was freed by former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, unseen, who took hostage several people in a bus at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.

(AP)

Deadly Hostage Standoff on Philippine Bus

Rolando Mendoza, a police officer fired from his job, was armed with an automatic rifle when he seized a bus in Manila, Philippines, with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand his reinstatement. The gunman and seven hostages were killed.

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