Canadian PM Harper condemns hostage-killing in Philippines bus

08:56, August 25, 2010      

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of hostages in a tour bus in Manila, Philippines.

Harper, who is on a five-day tour of Canada's northern area, said in Churchill, Manitoba, that he and the Canadian government would like to express their condolences to the innocent victims and their family members.

Canadian news media have reported that three of the nine people killed in a hostage-taking aboard a tour bus in the Philippines on Monday may have been Canadian citizens.

Two students and their father was killed in gunfire during the hostage-taking, the mother was quoted by CTV as saying.

Tour organizers had said earlier that five of the people involved in the hostage-taking were carrying Canadian passports.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Department said Canadian citizens may have been on the bus, and that the Canadian mission in Manila was working closely with local authorities to get more information.

The hostage-taking began when a former policeman with an M16 rifle commandeered the bus carrying tourists mainly from Hong Kong.

The gunman, who was apparently trying to demand that he be rehired, initially released nine of his hostages, but kept another 15 on the bus.

The 12-hour standoff ended in a spray of bullets. Eight passengers were killed, as was the gunman, Rolando Mendoza, 55.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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