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In pictures: Manila hotel stormed

Philippine troops begin assault on Peninsula Hotel, Manila

Philippine troops have stormed a luxury hotel in Manila which had been occupied by a group of dissident soldiers.

Philippine military vehicles on the driveway in front of the main entrance to the Peninsula Hotel, Manila.

An armoured personnel carrier repeatedly rammed the main door of the five-star Peninsula Hotel, before ploughing into the foyer as tear gas was fired.

Rebel leader Antonio Trillanes speaks to the media after the group surrendered.

The rebel troops announced their surrender on live television, saying they did not want civilians in the hotel to be injured or killed.

Police commando (r) leads rebel army officer Brigadier General Danilo Lim, (2nd l) and supporter Bishop Julio Labayen (c) out of the hotel.

The renegades, suffering from the effects of the tear gas, were arrested by police and led from the building.

Lobby of hotel after assault.

The hotel lobby floor was left covered in shattered glass and strewn with Christmas decorations.

Rebel soldier posted in hallway of Peninsula Hotel, Manila.

The rebel soldiers, who were calling for the overthrow of President Gloria Arroyo, had occupied the hotel after breaking out of a court where they were on trial for a 2003 mutiny.

Filipino soldiers outside the Peninsula Hotel, Manila

Some 1,500 troops were involved in the assault, which was launched after an 0700GMT deadline for the dissident soldiers to leave the building expired.

Guests leave the Peninsula Hotel, Manila

Most of the guests staying at the hotel in the financial district of the Philippines capital left the building before the assault.

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