The photographers seems to be in a better position than the snipers?? They can often take pictures of the killer without gun on his hand!!
Update picture you can see the face of the hostage, perhaps last picture in their lifes.
It drove me crazy when see Filipino's SWAT team use the big hammer to hung more than 10 time for 2 holes in the windows. What's that for? Tell the terrorist that the operation would be soon started? A M-16 auto-rifle can kill all the hostages within that minute...