Hostages

  • Family of James Foley celebrates his life, prays for hostages 1 week ago

    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 16-year-old married girl, gangrape her for 3 days February 11, 2014

    A 16-year-old 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 accused--Surendra 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 16-year-old 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 accused--Surendra Meena, Ashok Meena and Mausam Meena-- under IPC Section 363...
  • Gujarat Congress worker gives Rs 600 cr property to domestic help January 14, 2014

    Rajkot: In a generous gift for 40 years of service in Gujarat, a Congress worker, Gajraj Sinh Jadeja, in Rajkot gave away property worth Rs 600 crore to his domestic help. The man who died in September 2013 wrote a will leaving all his property to his help. The will...
  • American Al-Qaeda hostage seeks Obama's help December 27, 2013

    The FBI is trying to authenticate the 13-minute alleged Al Qaeda video that shows a 72-year-old American hostage urging his government to help free him. American contract worker Warren Weinstein was taken from his home in Pakistan several years ago. ...
  • Advocate arrested for raping, holding minor girl hostage for 13 days December 26, 2013

    An advocate has been arrested along with his wife on charges of raping and holding a teenager girl hostage for 13 days at their residence in Ujjain, police said on Thursday. The 17-year-old who had gone missing since December 12 had gone to advocate Balkrishna Nagar's residence in Sampat Nagar that...
  • Freed Lebanese, Turkish hostages fly home after deal October 21, 2013

    Beirut/Istanbul: Two kidnapped Turkish pilots arrived in Istanbul after leaving Lebanon on Saturday and nine Lebanese hostages freed from Syria landed in Beirut, completing a hostage exchange after months of uncertainty. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greeted the Turkish Airlines pilots on the tarmac as they disembarked from a Qatar Airways jet...
  • Kenya mall attack: Al-Shabaab claims it is still holding hostages September 24, 2013

    The terrorist group that attacked a Nairobi mall and killed at least 60 people says it is still holding hostages alive inside and that its fighters are "still holding their ground." The Twitter messages posted on Tuesday by the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group al-Shabaab came after Kenyan government assurances of success in...
  • 116 civilians freed after Philippine troops retake rebel-held villages post 9-day standoff September 17, 2013

    Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas of a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels and rescued 116 of more than 100 civilians held hostage in a nine-day standoff, the military said on Tuesday. About 64 hostages were freed or escaped during military operations early on...
  • Delhi: Neighbour rapes, kidnaps a 16-year-old girl July 3, 2013

    New Delhi: A 16-year-old girl was kept hostage by a neighbour for four days in a house in Delhi and raped, said police on Tuesday. The attacker and one of his friends have been arrested. The victim, a Class 7 student from Kalyanpuri in east Delhi, was lured away from her...
  • Gunman who held firefighters hostage in his Atlanta home killed April 11, 2013

    Atlanta: A gunman who held four Georgia firefighters hostage on Wednesday, demanding his utilities and cell phone service be restored, was killed after an exchange of gunfire with authorities who moved in to free the captives, police said. An officer was wounded and the firefighters, taken hostage after responding to...
  • Father of sailor taken hostage on MV Iceberg 1 narrates his plight March 18, 2013

    Thirteen of the 28 Indian seafarers, rescued from Somali pirates after their vessels were hijacked in 2012, reached India on Monday. Meanwhile, Puroshottam Tiwari, father of Dheeraj Tiwari who is still hostage on MV Iceberg 1, spoke to CNN-IBN about his plight. ...
  • Nigerian Islamist group kills seven foreign hostages March 11, 2013

    Rome: Seven foreign hostages kidnapped last month by a Nigerian Islamist group from a construction company compound have been killed, the Italian and Greek foreign ministries said on Sunday. The al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansaru announced on Saturday that it had killed the hostages seized on February 7 in the northern...
  • Italy says 7 foreign hostages killed in Nigeria March 10, 2013

    Kano: Italy's foreign ministry said Sunday that seven foreign hostages kidnapped in northern Nigeria had been killed as claimed by Islamic extremists, the worst such foreign abduction violence to hit the turbulent West African nation in decades. Greece also confirmed one of its citizens had been killed by Ansaru, the...
  • 28 Indian sailors freed by Somali pirates March 9, 2013

    Mumbai: Twenty eight Indian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been released. The sailors were on board two ships Merchant Tanker Royal Grace and Merchant Tanker Smyrni and 17 were on board the MT Royal Grace and 11 were on board the MT Smyrni. The Indian sailors have been released...
  • Argo: Meet embassy workers who inspired the film February 27, 2013

    'Argo' won the Oscar for the Best Picture at the Academy Awards ceremony. The film documents the covert CIA operation that rescued six Americans during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Here are the real embassy workers who inspired the movie. ...
  • Algeria: 37 foreigners die in siege led by Canadian January 21, 2013

    Algiers: A total of 37 foreign workers died at an Algerian desert gas plant and seven are still missing after a hostage crisis coordinated by a Canadian, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday. Sellal also said that 29 Islamists had been killed in the siege, which Algerian forces...
  • Algeria: Dead Canadian militants found, toll rises to 80 January 21, 2013

    Algiers: Algerian special forces have found the bodies of two Canadian Islamist fighters after a bloody siege at a desert gas plant, a security source said on Monday, as the death toll reached at least 80 after troops stormed the complex to end the hostage crisis. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek...
  • Algeria: Death toll climbs past 80 in siege in the Sahara January 21, 2013

    Algiers: The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed past 80 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said. Algerian...
  • Veteran jihadist claims Algeria siege for al Qaeda January 21, 2013

    Algiers/In Amenas: A veteran Islamist fighter claimed responsibility on behalf of al Qaeda for the Algerian hostage crisis, a regional website reported on Sunday, tying the bloody desert siege to France's intervention across the Sahara in Mali. Algeria said it expected to raise its preliminary death tolls of 23 hostages and...
  • Algerian attack reminder of threat posed by al Qaeda: Obama January 20, 2013

    Washington: Condemning the terrorist attack in Algeria, US President Barack Obama has blamed terrorists for the tragedy and said attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. "Today, the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the...
  • Algeria hostage crisis ends, 23 people killed January 20, 2013

    Algiers: In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said. With few details emerging from the remote site...
  • Algerian attack reminder of threat by al Qaeda: Obama January 20, 2013

    Washington: Condemning the terrorist attack in Algeria, US President Barack Obama has blamed terrorists for the tragedy and said attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. "Today, the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families...
  • Algeria: Hostage crisis continues in Sahara desert January 19, 2013

    Algiers: The hostage crisis in the Sahara desert continued on Saturday with 12 hostages and 18 kidnappers dead since the Algerian army launched an assault. The militants are suspected al-Qaeda operatives. 650 workers, including 100 foreign nationals were rescued, but at least 60 foreign workers are still missing. An American aircraft...
  • Algeria: Special forces complete hostage rescue January 18, 2013

    Algiers: Algeria's state news agency says that special forces have completed their operation to free hostages from a remote desert natural gas complex. The report gave no new toll for the number of dead among either the hostages or the kidnappers, who were described as a "multinational terrorist" group. Earlier Algerian TV...
  • Gunman, three others dead in hostage-taking in Colorado January 5, 2013

    Aurora: Four people, including the gunman, were dead following a hostage-taking on Saturday in Aurora, Colorado, the same town where a gunman shot dead 12 people and wounded 58 more at a movie theatre in July 2012, KUSA television reported. Police entered the home after several hours of failed negotiations with...
  • MV Iceberg: Freed Indian sailors return home December 29, 2012

    New Delhi: After nearly 32 months of being held captive on board the cargo ship MV Iceberg, five Indians sailors released by Somali pirates returned home on Saturday. Among those who were released due to India's efforts were two Pakistani sailors who were dropped off the Oman coast. The rescued sailors...