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Officials say ex-guard releases hostages, leaves Manila mall

A group of armed police soldiers arrived at the Greenhills Shopping Center Monday.
A group of armed police soldiers arrived at the Greenhills Shopping Center Monday.Aaron Favila/Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say a recently dismissed security guard has released his hostages and walked out of a Philippine shopping mall, ending a daylong hostage crisis.

The man, identified as Archie Paray, a former guard at the complex, left the V-Mall in suburban San Juan city in metropolitan Manila on Monday evening with his hostages, who were secured by police.

The suspect was allowed to speak to reporters and authorities to outline his grievances.

Police say the man shot a security officer in the morning before rushing to the second floor of the complex, where he held dozens of people, mostly employees, hostage in an office. The number of hostages wasn’t immediately clear.

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