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Hostage-taker killed in bus in northern Philippines

By Associated Press


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.

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