Manila: Philippines suspended four police
officers who led an assault to end a hostage crisis in which
eight Hong Kong tourists were killed, the national police
spokesman said on Wednesday.
"Pending the results of the investigation, they have been
administratively relieved from their positions," Senior
Superintendent Agrimero Cruz told reporters.
The four policemen were leaders of a 200-strong Special
Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team that attempted to end a
day-long hostage drama on Monday that began when an
ex-policeman hijacked a busload of Hong Kong tourists.
Eight of the hostages were killed during the bloody end
to the stand-off and police admitted to tactical and
operational blunders in handling the situation.
Police are conducting an inquiry into the events and Cruz
said the four had been suspended to ensure they "did not exert
undue influence on the investigation".
Cruz also said 200 members of the SWAT had been ordered
to turn over their weapons for ballistics tests.