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Death toll from Hong Kong hostage crisis rises to 10

English.news.cn   2010-08-24 09:43:59 FeedbackPrintRSS

Policemen secure the site after a hostage-taker opened fire from inside a tourist bus full of Hong Kong tourists during a hostage crisis in Manila Aug. 23, 2010.  (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from Monday's hostage crisis in Manila climbed to 10 as of early Tuesday, with another hostage succumbing to injuries in a Manila hospital.

One of the latest fatalities was a woman who died at the San Juan de Dios Hospital, Local Radio dzBB reported.

At least three other hostages were declared dead at the Ospital ng Maynila, four at the Manila Doctors Hospital, and one at the Philippine General Hospital.

The tenth fatality was the hostage taker himself, dismissed Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza.

On the other hand, at least six hostages were still being treated in other hospitals in Manila.

For more than 11 hours Monday, Mendoza attracted international attention by holding hostage at least 21 tourists from Hong Kong. Monday's incident drew sharp criticism against the police's handling of the case.

President Benigno Aquino III himself said he was not satisfied with the way the incident was handled.

Even the business community was also not pleased with the bloody way the incident ended, according to a report by dzBB's Denver Trinidad.

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