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Man kills four, takes own life, leaves booby trap for police

Jan. 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM   |   Comments

PILI, Philippines, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A Philippine man killed four people he had held hostage, then killed himself as he sat on a grenade that exploded, injuring several other people, police said.

The grenade exploded while Anthony Zepeda's body was being moved Tuesday evening, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. A police officer and three mortuary workers were injured, one of them critically.

A daylong standoff in Pili, Camarines Sur, began Tuesday morning, when a 14-year-old servant fled the house, reporting trouble, police said. Zepeda refused to talk to hostage negotiators.

Police entered the house after hearing gunshots at about 4 p.m. Zepeda's body was on the ground floor, while the bodies of his father, Expedito, his brother, Victor, his sister-in-law, Sharmaine, and the unidentified servant were upstairs.

Pili police said Zepeda, a father of three, was separated from his wife and had been depressed.

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