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Colombian air assault frees 15 fishermen held by ELN

Estanzuela - Fifteen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia's ELN guerrilla group were freed Sunday in a dramatic operation involving 200 commandos and six helicopters, the government announced.The operation took place in the northern town of Morales.

Nine dead as Philippine troops clash with kidnappers

Manila - Philippine security forces clashed with al-Qaeda-linked gunmen believed to be holding foreign hostages on Wednesday, leaving one soldier and eight of the gunmen dead, the military said.

Gunmen kidnap at least 26 Qatari hunters in Iraq

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters in southern Iraq, officials said on Wednesday, the second high-profile abduction of foreigners in the country in three months.

Son of late Libyan dictator Kadhafi 'freed after kidnapping'

Birut - Hannibal Kadhafi, the high-living businessman son of the late Libyan dictator, was freed on Friday evening several hours after he was kidnapped in Lebanon by an unknown armed group, security sources told AFP.

Lebanese soldier recalls terrifying Qaeda kidnap ordeal

- Lebanese soldier George al-Khoury cried for days after Al-Qaeda executed a fellow captive during one of the lowest points of his 16-month ordeal as a hostage of the group.Now back home in northern Lebanon, he can barely believe he is free and safe.

Lebanese hostages freed by Qaeda Syria wing in swap

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate on Tuesday freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and police it captured more than a year ago, in a prisoner swap that partially ended a long-running hostage crisis.

Malaysia PM says hostage murdered in southern Philippines

Manila - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that a man held for months by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines had been murdered, condemning what he called a "savage and barbaric" act.

Baby, 7-year-old girl among six killed in south Mexico

Acapulco - A one-year-old baby and a seven-year-old girl were among six people shot dead in another day of violence in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero, authorities said Tuesday.

IS frees 37 kidnapped Syrian Christians: NGO

Birut - The Islamic State group released 37 Syrian Christians Saturday, most of them women, who were among more than 200 people kidnapped in February, an NGO said.

Woman mistakenly thought Lyft driver was kidnapping her

San Francisco - On Thursday night, a woman ordered a ride from Lyft, a ride-sharing service similar to Uber, but she jumped out of the car at a stoplight. Why? She thought the Lyft driver was trying to kidnap her.

Foreign hostages in Philippines appear in video

Manila - Three foreign men and a Filipina kidnapped last month in the southern Philippines have appeared in a video posted online, making demands for the Islamic militants who abducted them.

Gunmen seize Italian restaurant owner in Philippines

Manila - Gunmen have seized an Italian restaurant owner and former priest in the southern Philippines, authorities said Thursday, expressing fears he was taken to the island lair of the extremist Abu Sayyaf group.

French IS jihadist who held Western hostages in Syria named

Paris - A second French jihadist, Salim Benghalem, has been named as a possible jailer of Western hostages in Syria, a source close to the case told AFP on Friday.

Three foreigners, Filipina abducted from Philippine resort

Samal - Gunmen kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian employee and a Filipina from a luxury resort island in the conflict-wracked southern Philippines, while other foreigners narrowly escaped, police said Tuesday.

Militants claim kidnapping of 18 Turks in Baghdad

Baghdad - An unknown militant group has claimed the kidnapping of 18 Turkish workers in Iraq and issued a list of demands it said Turkey must fulfil for them to be released.

Dutch aid worker freed in Afghanistan after 81 days 

Den Haag - A Dutch aid worker who was abducted by unknown gunmen in June in Afghanistan has been freed after being held for 81 days, the Dutch foreign ministry said late Thursday.

French prison official freed after hostage drama

Lille - The deputy governor of a high-security prison in northern France was taken hostage by a "particularly dangerous inmate" Wednesday but was later released unharmed, officials said.

Baghdad gunmen kidnap Iraq's deputy justice minister

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped Iraq's acting deputy justice minister Abdulkarim Fares in the Binook area of northeastern Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.

Argentine accused of keeping wife, autistic son in cage

Buenos Aires - An Argentine man kept his wife and autistic son locked in a cage for years and forced the son to eat dog food and breathe gasoline fumes, a judicial source said.

Turkey confirms 18 construction workers kidnapped in Baghdad

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday confirmed that 18 Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by unknown individuals in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Gunmen kidnap 18 Turks in Iraq capital

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped at least 18 Turkish employees of a company building a football stadium in Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear who was holding them.

Nigeria marks 500 days since schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram

Abuja - Relatives of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram marked 500 days since their abduction Thursday, with hope of their rescue dwindling despite fresh efforts to end the insurgency.

Freed Shining Path captives recount Peru enslavement

Satipo - He doesn't know exactly how much time has passed since Shining Path guerrillas kidnapped him and put him to work on a slave-labor farm deep in the Peruvian jungle.

Fears rise for Croatia hostage held by Egypt jihadists

Cairo - Fears mounted over the fate of a Croatian abducted near the Egyptian capital by Islamic State group jihadists who have threatened to execute him by the end of Friday.

IS threatens to execute Croatian abducted in Egypt

Cairo - Egypt's affiliate of the Islamic State group threatened Wednesday to execute a Croatian kidnapped in Cairo last month within 48 hours if Muslim women jailed in Egypt are not freed.

Kidnapping of Czechs may be tied to detained Lebanese

- The kidnapping of five Czech citizens in Lebanon last week may be linked to a Lebanese man detained in Prague, whose family said Monday his lawyer was among those abducted.

Another Rwandan is kidnapped in Africa: Kagame agents suspected Special

An investigator who worked on key defense cases at the UN tribunal for Rwanda has been kidnapped in Kenya, amid mounting evidence that Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s intelligence services were behind the abduction.

Colombian anti-kidnap chief's daughter abducted

Estanzuela - Unknown assailants have abducted the daughter of the director of Colombia's National Protection Unit (UNP), the force charged with guarding people at risk of kidnapping or assassination, officials said Friday.

Mexico investigates mass abduction claims

- Authorities are investigating allegations that an armed group abducted at least 11 people after occupying a town in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero last week, prosecutors said.

Anti-IS coalition pledges 'no ransoms' for hostages

Washington - Members of a US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group vowed to stick by global resolutions to refuse to pay ransoms for citizens held hostage by militants, US officials said.
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Marie Dedieu was suffering from cancer and she was disabled and the kidnappers left behind her wheel...
Marie Dedieu was suffering from cancer and she was disabled and the kidnappers left behind her wheelchair.
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014
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Lisa Ann McKay at her manslaughter trial, 2006
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Chibok school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from of...
Chibok school girls who escaped from the Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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James Lee DiMaggio  suspected of kidnapping two children
James Lee DiMaggio, suspected of kidnapping two children
San Diego Sheriff’s Department
James Lee Dimaggio  40  left; Ethan Anderson  8  middle; and Hannah Anderson  16  right.
James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left; Ethan Anderson, 8, middle; and Hannah Anderson, 16, right.
California Highway Patrol
María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they pu...
María Concepción Marlaska and Ángel Sánchez were kidnapped in Colombia. On being rescued they publicly announced a wedding.
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The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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Ariel Castro  a man convicted of kidnapping three women in Ohio. He committed suicide in his prison ...
Ariel Castro, a man convicted of kidnapping three women in Ohio. He committed suicide in his prison cell
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The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni  as she and her children were tra...
The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
Afghan Parliament
Chloe Rodriguez
Chloe Rodriguez
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Ten-month-old Lisa Irwin reported missing from family home since Oct. 4
Ten-month-old Lisa Irwin reported missing from family home since Oct. 4
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Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
Facebook photo of former ICC staff Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe.
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A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
A mugshot of Krystle Rochelle Tanner
San Augustine Sheriff's Office
A young South African student in Durban writes a message on a blackboard during a "BringBackOur...
A young South African student in Durban writes a message on a blackboard during a "BringBackOurGirls" school project on May 15, 2014
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Spaniard Ángel Sánchez proposed to María Concepción Marlaska during a press conference on their ...
Spaniard Ángel Sánchez proposed to María Concepción Marlaska during a press conference on their rescue from a kidnapping in Colombia.
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