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Friday , December 4 2020

Filipino police ring Manila mall after gunman takes hostages

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine police on Monday surrounded a shopping mall in an upscale district in Manila after a gunman opened fire and took several people inside hostage.

People stand behind a police tape outside the V-Mall where gunshots rang out inside, in Manila, Philippines, Monday, March 2, 2020. Philippine police surrounded the shopping mall in an upscale district in Manila. Police officials did not immediately provide details but local news reports say a former security guard has taken hostage several employees of the mall. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


The incident happened at the V-Mall in the San Juan area of the Philippine capital.
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora told reporters that approximately 30 people are being held by the gunman. He said the exact number of hostages is uncertain and is based on the size of the office.

A group of armed police soldiers arrive at the Greenhills Shopping Center Monday, March 2, 2002, in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police on Monday surrounded a shopping mall in an upscale district in the Manila metropolis after gunshots rang out inside and sent shoppers rushing out in panic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


He said the gunman is a disgruntled former security guard who had been removed from his job at the mall. Zamora said the gunman shot one person, who is in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
More than a dozen SWAT commandos were seen entering the mall, assault rifles ready. Policemen stood by outside, along with an ambulance.

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