POSTED: 04:39 a.m. HST, May 30, 2011
MANILA, Philippines >> Police say a knife-wielding man who took two children hostage in a bus in the northern Philippines has been shot dead.
Chief Supt. Edgardo Ladao says the children aged 2 and 4 suffered minor injuries.
He says a police officer who was a passenger on the bus in Pampanga province tried to intervene Monday but was knifed by the hostage-taker. The officer later found an opportunity to fatally shoot the man.
The motive for the hostage taking was not immediately clear.
Last August, a dismissed police officer seeking reinstatement seized a bus full of Hong Kong tourists at a Manila park for 11 tense hours.
A police team killed the hostage-taker, but eight tourists also died, straining Philippine-Hong Kong ties.