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Date Posted: 10:45:46 06/01/02 Sat
Author: gmike
Subject: Knifeman kills four-year-old hostage on live TV

Television viewers saw a four-year-old boy stabbed to death after being taken hostage by a knifeman in the Philippines yesterday.

The man, who was later shot dead by police, grabbed the boy from his parents at a bus depot in Manila just before dawn. As the police arrived, the incident was broadcast live on Philippines TV. Footage showed an untrained television journalist pleading with the man to free the boy. But the man began plunging his knife repeatedly into the boy's back.

He was later shot by police and bystanders stamped on his body. Manila's police chief, Eduardo Aglipay, promised a thorough investigation, using the television pictures as evidence. "We are dismayed by the death of this child," he said. "There are so many questions to be answered regarding this hostage situation.

"If there were lapses in procedure we would act on them. If anyone committed a mistake, they have to answer for it in terms of administrative punishment."

A national police spokesman, Leonardo Espina, said the police should not have allowed the journalist to negotiate: "We have to have trained negotiators. We cannot just permit anybody who is not trained to negotiate."


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