Philippine police have stormed a hijacked bus and shot dead a former officer who had killed eight Chinese tourists after taking them hostage.

As the day-long siege in Manila came to a bloody end, TV images showed some hostages crawling from the bus while emergency crews removed bodies.

A former policeman armed with an assault rifle had seized the bus in an apparent attempt to get his job back.

Some 17 people survived the ordeal – mostly tourists from Hong Kong.

Earlier, Donald Tsang, Hong Kong’s leader, criticised the way the siege was handled. 

Police in Manila siege situation, 23/08

“The way it was handled, particularly the outcome, I find is disappointing,” he said.

At least seven of those killed were from Hong Kong.

Police Colonel Nelson Yabut told reporters that the gunman, identified as 55-year-old Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, was killed after he decided to enter a shoot-out with police marksmen.



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