Manila Hostage Death Toll Rises To 10

A hostage drama in Manila, Philippines took place on Monday as a tourist bus was hijacked by a former police officer. The 10-hour standoff ended with initial reports of an unconfirmed number of passengers killed, several injuries due to gunshot wounds and the hostage taker shot dead.

On Tuesday morning, more deaths have been reported as the death toll has risen to 10. The passengers, who were mostly tourists from Hong Kong, were taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila and Philippine General Hospital.

Former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, the hostage taker who was dismissed from law enforcement service for conduct unbecoming of a police officer, was declared the tenth fatality.

Six more hostages are still in the hospital undergoing treatment.

Policemen in Manila may have taken the situation too lightly, thinking that Mendoza was a part of their law enforcement fraternity. What resulted was a bloody ending that has called the attention of the global community.

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