Manhunt after officers shot

Authorities in Florida have begun a massive manhunt for two suspects in the shooting of two Tampa police officers during a traffic stop.

Police said an officer pulled over a Toyota Camry at about 2:15am yesterday because it did not have a visible licence plate. Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said he called for back-up after a check revealed the male passenger in the car was wanted. A witness then called to say two officers had been shot. Ms McElroy said they were taken to hospital in "extremely critical condition".

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Helicopters and dozens of officers are searching for the men.