Bus hostage-taker killed, policeman, 2 children wounded in N Philippines

08:17, May 31, 2011      

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A 44-year-old man was shot dead by a policeman shortly after holding hostage two children who are passengers of a commercial bus in the northern Philippine province of Pampanga Monday afternoon, police said.

The suspect, Pedro Brine, of Catarman, Samar province, seized the children aboard the Five Star bus bounding for Alaminos, Pangasinan province, while traversing along the North Expressway around 1:50 p.m., according to Pampanga police community relations office chief Supt. Joanna Rosales.

The suspect seized the children -- one-year-old Carla Sarmiento of Pampanga and five-year-old Mig Axle Bunustro of Pangasinan -- using a knife, said Rosales.

She said the unidentified bus driver stopped the bus along the expressway. After that, the driver and the passengers went out of the vehicle, leaving the victims and the suspect inside.

"Incidentally, another Five Star bus stopped upon seeing the passengers who are coming out of the first bus, and they (the second bus) found out that a hostage is ongoing," said Rosales.

One of the passengers of the second bus, police officer Ed Santiago of the Laguna police, volunteered to drive the bus and pretended to be an ordinary civilian.

Upon making their exit of the expressway in the Dau-Mabalacat area, the policeman sensed that the children were in danger.

"Sensing the danger on the kids, the policeman bumped the bus into an incoming truck and from there, he was able to shoot the suspect using his firearm," said Rosales, adding the suspect died on the spot while the victims sustained injuries and were promptly brought to a nearest hospital.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Office has started conducting investigation on the incident.

Source: Xinhua
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