Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hong Kong criticises handling of Manila hostage crisis

As quoted from here.
Police commandos could be seen breaking the windows of the bus minutes after a series of gunshots were heard and the driver of the bus was seen running to safety.

The commandos then struggled repeatedly to smash their way into the bus for over half an hour. As they did so, further gunshots could be heard, causing the officers to duck down and take cover. After around an hour the gunman was eventually killed and the hostages freed.

"It's a tragedy and a farce," said Kevin Chan, a Hong Kong resident. "Why did it take them so long to get into the bus? They're not well disciplined and trained. Are they crazy?" Another Hong Kong resident Sunny Ho said things could have been handled through calmer negotiations rather than brute force.

"It's really tragic, the Philippine police and government are totally incompetent. The government should have agreed to the request of the gunman and rescued the people first!" Ho said.

A batch of hostages including three children were earlier freed. "I hope the Philippines government can give me a full account of what happened," Tsang said.

A comment posted on the same article
if you had watched live show by the stupid filipino police, if you had watched them use ONE hammer to try to break the bus, from back, to side, to door, to window and cldn't achieve it for almost an hour, if you had watched the hostage-taker exposing himself at bus door early that day and was not taken down.... you would have a second thought...

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