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Armed Men Release 1 Boy After Seizing Busload of Children in Manila


Police in the Philippine capital, Manila, say armed men who seized a bus full of pre-school children Wednesday have released a boy suffering a high fever.

An estimated 31 children and two teachers are still being held captive outside Manila's city hall by men believed to be armed with two grenades, an assault rifle and a handgun.

The hijackers are led by the head of day-care center in a poor Manila district who is demanding free education and housing for the children and their families. Some of his facility's own pupils are among the hostages.

The man, Jun Ducat, and his associates took control of the bus while it was on a tour of Manila. Ducat told local media he would surrender if his demands are met.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP

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