In the Philippines, a gunman has been shot dead in a dramatic police attack after a 30-hour siege on a house.
SV Troops and police outside the house in Manila, Philippines, with gunman holding hostages inside
SV Police cars outside
SV Police questioning relatives of hostages
GV Armed police walking towards house
GVs Police taking guns out and creeping up to door of house (3 shots)
SVs Police with guns in hand crouched at front of house (2 shots)
SV Newsmen and photographers rushing to door of house and gunman lying dead
SV Newsmen and crowd surrounding hostages led out of house
SV Newsmen and police around sprawled body
SVs Police and newsmen surrounding body (4 shots)
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Background: In the Philippines, a gunman has been shot dead in a dramatic police attack after a 30-hour siege on a house. The gunman was holding hostage a three-year-old girl and an 18-year-old maid. He demanded a ransom of half a million U.S. dollars and a guaranteed safe passage out of the country.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier, the gunman was also holding other hostages in the house in Manila. They included the owner of the house, a businessman from whom the kidnapper was demanding the ransom.
After thirty house waiting and bargaining, police decided to try a sneak attack. It worked -- the gunman was shot in the raid, and the hostages were released unharmed.
Police later identified the gunman as a Warran Balane, but further details were not available. His exact motives for the crime were not known.