In shock but glad to be alive – surviving hostages are helped out of a bus in Manila after a 12 hour ordeal at gunpoint.
The bus carrying tourists from Hong Kong had been brought to a standstill by an armed gunman across a wide boulevard in Manila’s biggest park.
Chinese officials say survivors from the 15 hostages were taken to hospital, two of them severely injured.
The Philippine government said eight of their co-passengers died.
The hostage-taker, 55-year-old Rolando Mendoza, was a disgruntled former police captain who had threatened to kill everyone on the bus.
For much of the day he had appeared to be negotiating calmly, releasing some hostages and asking for food for those left on board.
The end of the drama came more than an hour after police commandos had moved in to smash windows and surround the vehicle.
Gunshots were heard and Mendoza claimed he had shot two people on the bus.
Armed officers fired tear-gas and stun grenades into the vehicle before the hijacker was shot by police marksmen.
Eight tourists die in Manila bus shoot-out