Hijacker`s bullets likely killed HK tourists: Police
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Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010, 15:50
Manila: Philippine police said the hijacker of a busload of Hong Kong tourists likely shot dead all eight victims, and that the rescue team did not hit any of the captives in the chaotic end to the standoff.

Police announced the preliminary results of their findings amid growing pressure from furious authorities in Hong Kong and China for the Philippine government to quickly give a full account of Monday's 12-hour ordeal.

"We can say that with a certain degree of certainty," national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz told reporters yesterday when asked if the bullets that killed the tourists came from the hijacker's weapons.

Cruz said the initial finding was based on witness accounts and testimony from the police involved in storming the bus, as well as the bullets found on the vehicle.

However, he said the police investigation was still ongoing and that final conclusions had not yet been made. "We need further evidence from the trajectory exam and the ballistics exam," the senior officer said.

"The crime lab is having a hard time comparing the specimen recovered from the bodies because there are mere metal splinters, but we are doing everything we can and in due time we can release the result of these ballistics exams."

Ex-policeman Rolando Mendoza took the busload of Hong Kong tourists hostage in Manila in a desperate bid to have himself cleared of extortion charges and get his job back.


First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 15:50

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