HOSTAGES

  • Japan PM slams 'despicable' Islamist execution threat 3 days ago

    Tokyo: An angry Japanese prime minister on Wednesday slammed as "utterly despicable" an Islamist terrorists threat to kill both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot unless Amman releases a jihadi bomber. The clock was ticking towards the 24-hour deadline Islamic State group militants set in their latest chilling video, which...
  • Paris gunman arrested, hostages freed January 16, 2015

    Paris: The gunman who had taken two persons as hostage at a post office near Paris on Friday has been arrested. The hostages have also been freed, police said. The hostages were taken at a post office in Colombes, a northwest suburb of Paris, reports said. The accused was armed and had...
  • Two persons taken hostage by an armed gunman in a post office near Paris January 16, 2015

    Paris: Two people have been taken hostage at a post office near Paris, according to reports. The reports said the accused is armed and has two hostages. He has contacted the security forces but has not clarified his demands. The incident has taken place at a post office in Colombes, a...
  • Three people taken hostage by an armed gunman in a post office in Colombes near Paris January 16, 2015

    Paris: At least three people have been taken hostage at a post office near Paris, according to reports. The three people have been taken hostage by an unknown gunman at a post office in Colombes, a northwest suburb of Paris, French media reported. Other reports said there are two hostages. The gunman...
  • Man at Texas hospital has surrendered, says Sheriff's office January 11, 2015

    Tomball: Authorities say the father of a patient at a Texas hospital who became distraught over his son's condition has surrendered without incident. They said he did not have a weapon. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday night that the man had been with his adult son inside a...
  • Man holds 2 people hostage at Texas hospital: Sheriff's office January 11, 2015

    Houston: Authorities say a man believed to be the father of a patient has taken at least two people hostage at a hospital near Houston. It was not immediately clear if the man was armed. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Saturday night it believed the man was a distraught parent...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob January 9, 2015

    Catch the day's top stories with Zakka Jacob on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Shootout at Kosher supermarket in southwest Paris, two dead January 9, 2015

    A fresh shooting has been reported inside a Jewsish grocery store in Eastern Paris. At least 2 people are believed to be dead. French media is reporting that several hostages, including women and children are being held inside. Reports say police are in touch with the suspects who claim to...
  • Watch: Timeline of Sydney siege December 16, 2014

    Watch the 17-hour-long siege that unfolded in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in downtown Sydney on Monday. ...
  • Sydney: Twitteratis come out in support of Muslim women abused on a bus December 16, 2014

    Thousands have come out to show their solidarity with Muslims and are tweeting with the hashtag 'I will ride with you'. The movement was started after reports that some women in burqas were abused on a bus in Sydney following the hostage crisis. Anti-Muslim sentiment flared as chilling images from...
  • Sydney crisis: Lindt cafe manager, lawyer killed in hostage drama December 16, 2014

    Sydney: Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria in Sydney were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer. The 38-year-old lawyer, Katrina Dawson, was a mother of three young children who became the victim of the siege. She was...
  • Belgium hostage crisis: 3 suspects surrender, no hints of terror December 15, 2014

    Brussles: Three suspects in an armed hostage-taking incident in the Belgian city of Ghent surrendered to police on Monday, reports said, as officials said there were no indications of terrorism. Police had earlier surrounded an apartment after four armed men took a captive in a working-class area of the northwestern city. The...
  • Sydney crisis: Hostage-taker named as Iranian refugee with criminal past December 15, 2014

    Sydney: An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh,...
  • Sydney: Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Lindt cafe December 15, 2014

    Sydney: An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during Monday morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number of others remained inside. As night fell, there were no reports of injuries and the gunman's motives remained unclear....
  • 5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis December 15, 2014

    Sydney: Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist...
  • Hostage calls up Radio presenter from Sydney's Lindt cafe December 15, 2014

    A radio show host in Australia told CNN that one of the hostages inside the Sydney cafe got in touch with him and he could hear the gunman giving instructions to the hostages. ...
  • Sydney crisis: Infosys software engineer amongst hostages in Lindt cafe December 15, 2014

    Sydney: An Indian software professional is amongst several other people held hostage by an armed gunman in a cafe in downtown Sydney. A native of Andhra Pradesh, the engineer works with Infosys Australia. "One software engineer is among the hostages. He is an employee of Infosys Australia. Our consulate in Sydney...
  • Sydney hostage incident terrifying, can't say if it's politically motivated: Australian PM December 15, 2014

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott convened a meeting of his security inner circle in his Cabinet to discuss the response to the hostage-taking. An armed man has taken undisclosed number of people hostage at a popular cafe sparking a security alert in Australia. ...
  • Radio host speaks to hostage in Sydney cafe December 15, 2014

    Sydney: A Sydney-based radio presenter on Monday said he spoke to one of the hostages being held inside a cafe here and he could hear the gunman talking in the background. "The male hostage was remarkably calm when relaying information over the phone from the gunman," said Ray Hadley, a radio...
  • Crisis ends as police storm Sydney's Lindt cafe, Indian hostage reported safe; as it happened. December 15, 2014

    Sydney: Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. #SydneyTerror: Share your experiences...
  • Australia: Several held hostage by armed gunman at Sydney cafe, key landmarks evacuated December 15, 2014

    Sydney: A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city on Monday, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. Four hours after the incident first erupted inside the Lindt...
  • Barack Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages November 19, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of US policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of US citizens taken hostage by the Islamic...
  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger September 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the welldressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their...
  • ISIS releases 49 Turkish hostages September 20, 2014

    London: As many as 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in Iraq on Saturday returned to Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the 49 hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers, BBC reported. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul city...
  • Family of James Foley celebrates his life, prays for hostages August 25, 2014

    Rochester: The family of murdered US journalist James Foley prayed for the safety of his fellow hostages as hundreds had gathered for a mass to celebrate his life as a witness on the front line. Foley was kidnapped in late 2012 in northern Syria by the jihadist group that now...
  • Two robbers arrested, five escape June 26, 2014

    Two dacoity were caught while committing dacoity in Chatra village of Dumka district, police said on Thursday. A group of dacoits barged into the house a grocery shop owner, Kanhailal Sheel late night on Wednesday and started committing dacoity after taking his family members hostage at gun point, said Deputy SP AK...
  • Obama makes 'no apologies' for Taliban hostage deal June 6, 2014

    Brussels: President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise on Thursday for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington. Critics, both Republican and Democratic, have asked whether the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for...
  • Obama defends deal that freed soldier amid growing demands for hearings June 4, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted. Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said the president...
  • 3 men kidnap 16yearold married girl, gangrape her for 3 days February 11, 2014

    A 16yearold married girl was allegedly kept hostage and gangraped by three men for three days in Alwar district, police said on Monday. An FIR was lodged by the victim and her maternal uncle on Sunday against the accusedSurendra Meena, Ashok Meena and Mausam Meena under IPC Section 363 for abduction,...
  • Three youths gangrape, keep girl hostage for three days February 10, 2014

    A 16yearold married girl was allegedly kept hostage and gangraped by three youths for three days in Alwar district in Jaipur, police said on Monday. An FIR was lodged by the victim and her maternal uncle on Sunday against the accusedSurendra Meena, Ashok Meena and Mausam Meena under IPC Section 363...