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Daraga hostage drama ends in fiery explosion

DARAGA, Albay-- A man suspected to be suffering from a mental illness held six persons captive in an early morning hostage taking incident in this town.

According to the report of the Scene of the Crime Operatives, at about 2:24 a.m., the suspect entered the canteen beside Bicolandia Lodging House located along the  highway of Purok 1, Brgy. Kimantong here.

Among those identified as hostage victim were Kathleen Broñola Briones and Josie Aljecera Alcovendas, both minors, college students, and residents of San Fernando, Masbate. 

Suspect also took hostage another male person identified by police John Frias Dela Peña, 17 years old, single, canteen helper and a resident of Brgy. Sariwara, Pandan, Catanduanes.

The students were released later by the suspect.

Afterwards, the suspect forcibly closed the canteen and while inside removed the hosepipe of the open gas tank and pointed the same to the direction of the burner lit with fire.

An explosion ensued.

The fire, caused by the explosion, lasted for almost an hour.

An undetermined number of persons were trapped inside the said lodging house.

Immediately, joint elements of Daraga MPS and BFP-Daraga responded at the said place.

The suspect, while still armed with a knife in the premises, attacked the responding police officers hitting PO1 Laurel Bancoro at his back.

Responding police retaliated and shot the suspect.

The suspect was immediately brought to BRTTH, Legazpi City together with PO1 Bancoro for treatment, however, he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

This report was forwarded to BICOL STANDARD by Police Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, Regional Information Officer of PRO5.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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