Police respond to mass hostage-taking at Manila mall


MANILA — Heavily armed police were in a standoff on Monday with a disgruntled security guard of a Manila mall who took at least 30 people hostage.

Employees and shoppers looked for a way out of the V-Mall shopping center in Manila after gunshots were heard and armed officers rushed to the scene.

According to San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, the security guard was holding up to 30 people in an administrative office and had shot at least one person.

“The initial information that we have… is he has firearms and grenades with him,” San Juan city mayor Francis Zamora said.

“There is already one (person) that was shot already a while ago and has been rushed to… hospital,” he added.

The mall was crowded with shoppers and employees who were told to evacuate the building after hearing at least one gunshot.

Manila’s malls are centres of life that include everything from restaurants and shops to churches and medical facilities.

Sources: Gulf News | Bangkok Post
Photo: SWAT team along with private guards stand outside one of the entrances to a mall after a hostage situation was reported in suburban Manila on March 2, 2020. (AFP)

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