QUEZON CITY: Fear and Folly Filipinos are bemused by a series of police blunders that allowed a gang of bandits to escape. Fifteen gunmen drove up to a bank and opened fire with assault rifles, pistols and grenade launchers, killing three guards. The robbers emerged from the vault with $200,000 and greeted arriving police with a fusillade that wounded five people, including a policeman. The police pursued the fleeing robbers, but soon ran out of ammunition. A squad car broke down. Officers mistook a passing van for a getaway car and fired on it; inside was a police colonel, who sought...

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