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B. 2018-01-02 Freed hostage Joshua Boyle faces 15 criminal charges Ottawa, Canada
C. 2017-10-12 Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops NW Pakistan
D. 2016-06-13 Canadian man held hostage in Philippines executed by captors Southern Philippines
4. 2016-04-25 Justin Trudeau outrage at 'cold-blooded murder' of hostage Canada
F. 2016-04-25 John Ridsdel: Hostage from Canada killed in Philippines Jolo, Southern Philippines
G. 2015-12-24 Iran hostages 'to be compensated' 36 years later Washington
2015-11-20 Mali hotel hostage stand-off over, 20 died Radisson Blue Hotel, Bamako, Mali
8. 2015-08-14 Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'raped' Kayla Mueller Syria
J. 2015-05-21 Washington mansion family 'killer' named Washington

Swiss hostage flees in Philippines ISIS video claims beheading of American hostage Peter Kassig
Freed hostage Joshua Boyle faces 15 criminal charges   A Canadian man who was held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked insurgent group has been arrested Taliban hostage family freed by Pakistani troops Justin Trudeau outrage at 'cold-blooded murder' of hostage John Ridsdel: Hostage from Canada killed in Philippines   A Canadian man held captive by Islamist militants for months in the Philippines has been killed Mali hotel hostage stand-off over, 20 died Map of Radisson Blue Hotel Bamako Mali  An attack by suspected Islamist militants who took 170 people hostage at Radisson Blue Hotel in the Malian capital is over Last US Islamic State hostage killed   US has 'no proof' of hostage death   White House officials say they have not seen any evidence to confirm reports by the ISIS group that an air strike killed a US hostage Inquest hears of Sydney siege deaths Japan checking 'hostage death' video Gunman takes hostages in Lindt café Map of Martin Place Sydney Australia
Jan.2   Canada

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Oct.12   NW Pakistan

year 2016 Top ^

Jun.13  Southern Philippines  Canadian man held hostage in Philippines executed by captors
Apr.25   Canada
  Southern Philippines

year 2015 Top ^

Dec.24  Washington  Iran hostages 'to be compensated' 36 years later
Nov.20   Mali  
Aug.14  Syria  Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'raped' Kayla Mueller
May.21  Washington  Washington mansion family 'killer' named
Feb.11  Taiwan  Taiwan jail siege ends in suicides
Feb.10   Northern Syria
Feb.6   Washington  
Feb.1  Jordan  Jordan vow after IS beheading of Japan hostage Goto
Jan.31  Japan  Japan outraged at IS 'beheading' of hostage Kenji Goto
Jan.28   Sydney
Jan.24   Tokyo
Jan.15  Northern Syria  Syria conflict: Italian aid worker hostages freed

year 2014 Top ^

Dec.14   Sydney
  At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in Sydney. Pictures on TV a black flag with Arabic writing.    3 dead, including gunman, after raid ends Sydney hostage situation. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian a...
Dec.5   Southern Philippines
Dec.4  Washington  US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid
Nov.16   ISIS
  The terror group has claimed to have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former Army Ranger, in a graphic new video

 Washington  IS hostage killing pure evil - Obama
Oct.5   USA  
  The parents of Peter Kassig, who is being held by Islamic State militants in Syria, have released a letter he has written in captivity
Oct.4   Libya Briton held hostage in Libya freed   Indiana     US hostage's family in video appeal
  The parents of US hostage Peter Kassig have appealed to Islamic State militants to 'show mercy' and release him
Oct.3   Northern Syria   Peter Kassig: US aid worker threatened in IS video
  An American medical aid worker has been threatened by an Islamic State militant in a video that shows the beheading of a UK hostage
Sep.24  UN Gen. Assembly  French President: Islamic extremists beheaded French hostage Sep.20   Northern England     Alan Henning's wife appeals to IS to release him Map of Salford United Kingdom
  The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) has pleaded with the militants to 'see it in their hearts' to release him
Sep.18  United Kingdom  British journalist, now ISIS hostage, sends message Sep.13   London Hostage 'death video' investigated  The Foreign Office has said it is 'working urgently to verify' video purporting to show beheading of British hostage David Haines Sep.6   France Jewish Museum gun suspect 'was captor in Syria' Sep.2   Northern Syria   Islamic State 'kills US hostage'   An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist being held hostage by the militants Aug.27   USA   US hostage mother makes video plea
  The mother of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist being held by Islamic State (IS) militants, has made an emotional video appeal for his release
  Northern Iraq   ISIS demands $6.6M for release of 26-year-old American woman  Militants are reportedly demanding $6.6 million and the release of a U.S. prisoner before they will free a third American hostage held by the group Jul.17   California Three dead in 'violent' California bank heist
Map of Stockton California
  A violent police chase through three cities following a bank robbery in California two gunmen and a female hostage dead, police have said
Jun.7   Western Iraq Iraq university hostages' ordeal ends in Ramadi Map of university Ramadi Iraq
  Militants have stormed a university in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, briefly taking dozens of students and staff hostage before retreating under fire
Feb.7  North Caucasus  Beslan school siege: 10 years after

year 2013 Top ^

Oct.1   North Mexico   73 rescued from Mexican house
Map of Reynosa Mexico
  Police rescued people who were being held hostage in the border city of Reynosa. The victims had been kidnapped from buses or bus terminals
Sep.28   Colombia   Jesse Jackson Farc mediation refused
  Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson's mediation over a Farc hostage release
Sep.12   Iran   American held in Iran claims 'miserable prison conditions' in letter to Kerry
  Ex-Marine Amir Hekmati believes Tehran is holding him hostage for use in a possible prisoner exchange
Aug.13   Louisiana Gunman holds 2 employees hostage in rural bank
Map of St. Joseph Louisiana
  A 20-year-old holed up with two bank employees he's holding at gunpoint -- as law enforcement took up positions outside
Jul.27   Miami Seven killed in Florida hostage siege Map of Hialeah USA
  A gunman holding hostages in a building near Miami killed six people before being shot dead by police, officials say
Jun.24   Beijing American factory boss held hostage by scores of workers
  Chip Starnes, 42, said he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by workers demanding severance packages
May.10  Ohio  Ariel Castro is girl's father Mar.22   Southern Philippines   Abu Sayyaf release Australia hostage
Map of Pagadian Philippines
  An Australian man kidnapped 15 months ago by an al-Qaeda-linked group in the Philippines has been released
Mar.6   Syria Filipinos taken hostage in Syria Jan.21   Algeria Count of hostage deaths in Algeria standoff rises to 37 Jan.20  Algeria  Hostage death toll 'rises to 48'  Algeria  Algeria 'kidnappers taken alive' Jan.19  Algeria  7 hostages reported dead in 'final assault' Jan.18   Algeria Hostage nations' Algeria concern Jan.17  Mali  Americans held hostage in Algeria Jan.16   Algeria   Algeria troops besiege kidnappers   Troops have surrounded a gas facility in the east of the country where some 20 foreign workers are being held hostage by Islamist militants  Algeria  Americans held hostage in Algeria Jan.12   Somalia French soldier killed and hostage dead in Somalia

year 2012 Top ^

Jul.16   Egypt Egyptian kidnappers release Americans
Mar.9  United Kingdom  UK and Italy seek end to hostage row Feb.26   Colombia   Colombia rebels in hostage pledge  Left-wing Farc rebel group says it will free 10 members of the security forces it holds hostage and abandon kidnappings for ransom

year 2011 Top ^

Oct.11   Jerusalem   Prisoner swap deal to free Shalit
  Israel and Hamas have agreed a deal for the release of Sgt Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants for five years Sep.10   Yemen Warships free hostage taken from yacht
  Warships stopped a suspected pirate skiff and rescued a crew member of a French yacht that sent a distress call this week off the coast of Yemen Sep.6   Sydney Hostage drama in law office
  An 11-hour standoff with a man who threatened to detonate an explosive device came to an end with the man being taken into custody
Jul.7   U. S. Midwest Shooting spree suspect holds one hostage
Map of Michigan USA
  Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, 34. suspected of shooting dead 7 people in Michigan is holding a hostage in an apartment

year 2010 Top ^

Dec.13   France Teen arrested after holding hostages
Map of Besancon France
  The mayor of a town where students were held hostage for more than four hours wants to reassure parents that 'schools in France are safe'
Nov.29   Wisconsin All hostages freed at US school Nov.1   Baghdad   TV station taken off air after church raid
  Al-Baghdadia said it was contacted by gunmen during Sunday's church hostage drama, has been taken off air Oct.11   London     US troops may have killed hostage   British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been accidentally killed by US forces during a rescue mission in Afghanistan Oct.9   Afghanistan UK aid worker killed in Afghanistan Sep.20   Paris     Ex-hostage Betancourt's book on sale
  Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her six-year captivity in a book due to hit the shelves
Aug.23   Manila Bloody end to hostage siege
  Rolando Mendoza, a former police officer upset at having lost his job, took hostage a busload of tourists from Hong Kong and killed eight of them Aug.22   Manila Tourists taken hostage in bus
  Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed police inspector, demanding that his job be reinstated, took a tourist bus hostage with 22 foreigners
Aug.17   Tel Aviv Hostage drama at Turkish embassy
  Palestinian man who broke into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv has been arrested and taken to hospital with gunshot wounds
Jul.9   Colombia   Betancourt seeks kidnap damages
   Former Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt, who spent six years in captivity, asks Colombia for $6.8m in damages
Mar.30   Colombia   Farc rebels release soldier Pablo Moncayo
  A Colombian soldier held hostage in the jungle by left-wing rebels for 12 years has been freed
Jan.22   Somalia Hostages: Pirates will kill us in days

year 2009 Top ^

Dec.30   United Kingdom   Freed British hostage 'held in Iran'
  Iran organised the kidnapping in Iraq of Peter Moore - freed after two-and-a-half years in captivity - it has been claimed
Oct.29   Somalia   Couple tell of Somalia kidnapping  Paul Chandler, 59, being held by Somali pirates has spoken to TV from aboard a container ship where they are being held hostage Oct.12   Somalia   Pirates urge Spain to free pair
  Somali pirates holding a Spanish fishing boat and its crew hostage have said they will only negotiate their release if colleagues are freed
Jul.16   Somalia   Somali PM speaks with French hostage Map of Mogadishu Somalia
  Interim prime minister said that he has spoken to one of two French hostages seized earlier this week by gunmen who stormed their hotel in Mogadishu
 Two security advisers seized this week have been split up and are now being held by two different hard-line groups
Jun.1   Nigeria   Birthday release pledge for hostage
  A militant group said it plans to release a British oil worker as a birthday 'gift' to Matthew John Maguire, who was abducted last year
Apr.20   Jamaica   Troops end airliner hostage siege
  Troops captured an armed man who had barged onto a Canadian airliner, robbed passengers and held six crew members hostage
Apr.19   Nigeria Delta   Nigerian militants to free British hostages Map of Niger Delta Nigeria
  Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) promised to release a sick British hostage held since September 2008
Apr.17   Southern Philippines   Rebels free hostage Map of Jolo Philippines
  Andreas Notter, Swiss Red Cross worker has been freed by Islamic rebels, after being held for three months
Apr.12   Somalia Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'.    The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, Amer...
Apr.10   Somalia   More pirates searching for lifeboat
  Pirates in ships are searching for the lifeboat containing 4 pirates and their hostage, the captain of a freighter they failed to hijack earlier   Somalia   Hostage dies as French attack pirates  A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation. Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht Feb.3   Colombia   Farc free ex-governor
  The rebels have released former provincial governor Alan Jara held hostage for more than seven years
Feb.2   Colombia   Hostage release stalls
Map of Meta Colombia
  Alan Jara, the governor of Meta state, held by Marxist rebels was not released as hoped but the lead negotiator said she will try again

year 2008 Top ^

Nov.28   Colombia   Marches urge FARC hostage release
  Thousands of people have marched in Colombia and other countries to call for the release of hostages held by Colombia's rebel group
Nov.27   Mumbai Indian troops storm Jewish center
Jul.19   Iraq   Suicide claim over UK hostage
  In the video obtained by the Sunday Times: One of the five British hostages held captive by militants in Iraq has killed himself
Jul.9   Paris Betancourt: FARC captivity 'was hell'
  Ingrid Betancourt says death was her 'everyday companion' during the 6 years she was a hostage of a leftist rebel group
Jul.4   Colombia     Video shows orderly hostage rescue
  Colombia showed video of an orderly mission that ended in hugs and laughter for 15 hostages who were rescued from a guerilla group
  Paris Betancourt joy at French return Jul.3   Colombia Betancourt urges FARC peace talks  Freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt has urged that leftist guerrillas release all their captives and engage in a peace process Jun.28   Somalia   Kidnapped aid workers freed
  Swedish and a Danish national taken hostage by Islamist militants were released within hours
Apr.19   Afghanistan Pakistan envoy: I am Taliban hostage
  Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin appeared on a video, saying he was kidnapped by Taliban militants more than two months ago
Apr.8   Colombia   Rebels reject French aid to hostage
  French humanitarian mission dispatched to for hostage Ingrid Betancourt will soon leave Colombia
Apr.1   Paris   Sarkozy pleads for Colombian hostage   French President will send a humanitarian mission to Colombia's jungles to treat ailing hostages held by leftist rebels there Mar.5   Western China China hijacker takes Australians hostage
  A hijacker armed with explosives took 10 tourists hostage on a bus in northwest China, before police shot him dead
Feb.27   Colombia   Hostage mission begins
  2 Venezuelan helicopters have arrived for a mission to collect four hostages whom left-wing Farc rebels have promised to free
Jan.29   Venezuela Hostage gang captured
  Four gunmen who held up a bank and took more than 30 people hostage before escaping in an ambulance have been captured by police
Jan.13   Colombia Freed hostage sees son Jan.4   Colombia   Colombia gripped by hostage saga
  The story of a boy born into captivity in the jungle has riveted people for more than a year, striking a nerve in a country numbed by violence

year 2007 Top ^

Dec.26   Colombia     Chavez Farc hostage plan approved
  The Colombian government has approved a plan by Hugo Chavez to send planes into Colombia to pick up rebel-held hostages
Dec.25   Kashmir   Mosque siege ends
  A 48-hour hostage standoff ended with the death of three militants and the rescue of the two hostages
Dec.5   Paris Sarkozy urges Betancourt release Nov.8   Venezuela   Hostage talks see spark of hope
  President Chavez and a top Colombian guerrilla chief gave a glimmer of hope that dozens of hostages held by the leftist rebels would be freed
Aug.31  Colombia  Chavez to help broker hostage deal Aug.18  Turkey  Jet hijack ends peacefully Jul.30   Afghanistan     Taliban: Male hostage shot dead   A second South Korean hostage held captive has been killed, a spokesman for the militants said. The body was dropped off in the province of ... Jul.26   Afghanistan     S Korean hostage pleads for help
  Yo Syun Ju, a South Korean woman, held hostage with 21 others has pleaded for help to secure their release
Jul.25   Afghanistan     Taliban kills South Korean hostage  One of 23 held hostage has been killed because Taliban demands hadn't been met Jul.9   USA FARC leader guilty of US kidnaps
  Ricardo Palmera has been convicted by a jury of plotting to hold 3 Americans hostage after they were captured in Colombia
Jul.8   Nigeria   Kidnappers free UK girl   Kidnappers in southern Nigeria have released 3-year-old Margaret Hill who was held hostage for four days   Pakistan Wanted men 'control Red Mosque' Map of Islamabad Pakistan
  Religious affairs minister has said wanted Islamic militants were holding women and children hostage inside the Lal Masjid
May.11   Costa Rica   Russian ambassador taken hostage
  A 20-year-old Kazakhstan native turned himself over to police, ending a 3-hour standoff and safely releasing a man
Apr.28   Afghanistan   Taliban release French aid worker
  One of 2 workers from the Terre d'Enfance aid organization held hostage in Afghanistan for nearly a month was released
Apr.21   Texas Nasa killer 'had bad job review'
  The gunman who killed a hostage and himself in a stand-off blamed his victim for a poor work performance review
Apr.20  Houston  Gunman kills hostage at Nasa base Mar.27   Manila Gunmen seize bus Mar.22   Washington     U.S. blasts Italy's hostage exchange
  The United States is criticizing the deal to free 5 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of a journalist
Mar.14  Afghanistan  Taliban hostage makes video appeal Mar.10  Iraq  Kidnapping in Iraq aimed at Germans   Colombia   On eve of visit, military activity confirmed
  On the eve of a visit by Bush, U.S. and Colombian soldiers had entered a stronghold of rebels who are holding 3 U.S. hostage

year 2006 Top ^

Oct.21   Nigeria Delta Rebels free oil hostages Map of Niger Delta Nigeria
  All 7 foreign workers who were being held hostage in southern Niger Delta have been released and are in good health
Oct.11   Nigeria   Hostages freed
  Most of the dozens of troops and oil workers taken hostage in a raid on a navy base have been released
Jun.30  Gaza  Militants demand prisoners release Jun.28   Moscow     Putin orders diplomats' killers 'destroyed'
  President ordered agents to hunt down the killers of the four Russian diplomats taken hostage in Iraq
Apr.30   Afghanistan Indian hostage killed
  A body found has been identified as that of Suryanarayan, an engineer who was kidnapped earlier
Apr.22   Turkey   Hostage Bigley 'burial site' claim
  The lawyers of a suspected al Qaeda militant now on trial said that the body had been buried near Falluja
Mar.31   Iraq   Carroll praises insurgents in video
  American journalist, who was released after being held hostage, slams the United States
Mar.30  Iraq  Journalist Carroll freed Mar.24   Baghdad   First freed hostages heads home
  Norman Kember, who was found found bound but unguarded, was flown out of Iraq
Mar.23   Iraq Peace group hostages freed Mar.14   NiNigeria Delta U.S. hostage fears for life
  A man kidnapped by militants in oil-rich southern delta said he was separated from two other hostages
Mar.10   Iraq FBI: Body of U.S. hostage found  The body of Tom Fox, a Christian peace advocate, has been found Mar.9   France   Students 'taken hostage'
  A former teacher has taken 18 students, a teacher and another man hostage at a school in Sablé-sur-Sarthe
Jan.31   Iraq Threats in new German hostage tape
  Iraqi insurgents have released a second videotape showing 2 kidnapped engineers. Al-Jazeera aired the tape
Jan.21   Baghdad   U.S. Muslim group to plead for hostage
  Representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations arrived to urge kidnappers to release Jill Carroll
Jan.1   Italy   Italians revel in hostage releases
  4 of their countrymen had been released by separate kidnappers in Yemen and Gaza

year 2005 Top ^

Dec.28   Iraq French hostage threatened in video
  French engineer held captive and threatened to kill him unless France ends its 'illegitimate presence' in the country
Dec.24   Iraq Video shows Jordanian hostage
  A group of militants released a video by Al-Arabiya showing a hostage and issuing demands for his release
Dec.13   Colombia Colombia open to hostage talks
  The government would temporarily pull its armed forces out of a town if rebels agree to sit down for talks
Dec.9   Washington   U.S.: 'No information' on hostage's fate
  A official said Friday that the U.S.still does not know if anything has happened to Ronald Schulz
Dec.7   Iraq   Hostage deadline is extended
  An militant group holding four Western peace activists has extended the deadline for their execution
Nov.30   Berlin   Merkel defiant over German hostage  Chancellor vowed that her government would 'not be blackmailed' by kidnappers of an archaeologist in Iraq Nov.29   Iraq   German becomes 5th Western hostage
  A woman missing in Iraq is believed to have become the 5th Westerner abducted in recent days
Jul.18   England Afghan warlord guilty of torture
  Faryadi Zardad, 42, has been found guilty of a 'heinous' campaign of torture and hostage taking in his homeland
Jun.22   Iraq   Hostage freed after 7 months
  Robert Tarongoy, a Filipino citizen taken hostage in Iraq has been released from captivity
Jun.16   Cambodia   Child dies as hostage crisis ends
  A standoff at an international school has ended with the deaths of a Canadian boy and two gunmen
Jun.15   Iraq Jubilant ex-hostage tells of rescue Jun.10   Rome   Freed hostage back home
  Ad worker Cantoni has arrived in Rome nearly a month after being taken hostage by gunmen in Kabul
Jun.9   Kabul Italy hostage released in Kabul May.29   Australia   Hostage's family buys TV time
  The family of Douglas Wood has bought advertising on an Arabic-language news channel calling for his release
May.28   Iraq   Japanese hostage killed by captors
  The Iraqi government has confirmed that Akihiko Saito has been killed by his captors
May.3   Australia   Australia urges hostage release
  Foreign Minister has appealed for the release of an engineer held hostage by militants in Iraq, citing his poor health
May.1   Australia Australia: No hostage negotiations
  The government will not negotiate with a group that has taken Douglas Wood hostage in Iraq
Apr.26   Italy   Italian hostage blasts US report
  Journalist Nicola Calipari has criticised the report into the killing of the agent who helped secure her release Apr.14   Iraq Pakistani hostage appears on video
  A Pakistani embassy official has appeared in a hostage video on Al Jazeera
Apr.13   Iraq Video shows U.S. hostage
  The man in a video aired on Al-Jazeera is an American kidnapped from a construction site in Iraq
Apr.12   Germany   Man takes children hostage
  Police surrounded a house where a man armed with at least one kitchen knife has taken 4 schoolchildren hostage
Mar.9   Rome     Italy disputes US hostage account
  Prime Minister Berlusconi has said the car carrying an agent killed by US fire had stopped as soon as it was signalled
Mar.6  Italy  Hostage fears troops targeted her Mar.5  Rome  Wounded hostage back Feb.16   Iraq Italian hostage pleads for her life
  The kidnapped journalist Giuliana Sgrenaearlier urged Italy to end the occupation of Iraq
Feb.6   Baghdad 4 Egyptians taken hostage
  4 technicians working for an Egyptian telecom company have been abducted outside their house in Baghdad

year 2004 Top ^

Dec.25   Iraq Turkey ship owner held hostage
  Video footage aired on Turkish TV showed Kahraman Sadikoglu saying he and another man were being held hostage
Dec.22   Paris Former Iraq hostages back in Paris Nov.20   Poland   Polish woman hostage released
  54-year-old Teresa Borcz Khalifa is making a surprise appearance at a press conference alongside the prime minister
Nov.10  Sunni Triangle  Troops find hostage 'slaughterhouses' Oct.8   Iraq Hostage Bigley killed Sep.29  Iraq  Hostage Bigley shown in new video Sep.22  Iraq  British hostage pleads for life on video Sep.20   Iraq U.S. hostage beheaded Aug.29   Iraq End Headscarf Ban, Hostage Takers Warn
  An Iraqi militant group has kidnapped 2 French journalists and given the French 48 hours to end its ban
Jul.23   Iraq Militants take Egyptian diplomat hostage Jul.21  Saudi Arabia  Saudis find U.S. hostage's head Jul.15   Iraq Egyptian hostage in Iraq faces deadline
  The abductors of Muhammad al-Gharabawi have given his Saudi employer 48 hours to prove the company has left Iraq
Jul.12   Iraq   Source: Filipino hostage to be released
  Abductors holding de la Cruz have promised to release him
Jun.20  Iraq  Threat to behead South Korean hostage Jun.9   Italy   Freed hostages arrive home  3 Italians held hostage in Iraq for nearly 2 months have arrived home to an emotional welcome May.30   Saudi Arabia Gunmen 'killed 22' in Khobar
  The 25-hour crisis ended when commandos stormed a complex where militants had been holding dozens of people hostage
May.29   Saudi Arabia 50 foreigners held hostage   Security forces have surrounded an oil company housing compound in the city of Khobar. The gunmen killed 16 people May.11   Washington   US pledges to catch Berg killers
  The administration has vowed to catch the killers of American hostage who filmed themselves cutting off his head
Apr.17   Sunni Triangle   Cease-fire talks continue in Fallujah
  Coalition military and authority officials are optimistic that a peace agreement can be reached to stop fighting in the city
Apr.5   Spain Hostage drama: Escape bid foiled
  A man who took 8 people hostage in a bank was arrested as he tried to escape in a speeding motorcycle after a standoff

year 2003 Top ^

Sep.15   Japan   Deadly blast ends office siege
  3 people have died and 19 injured after an explosion after a disgruntled worker took several people hostage
Aug.19   Mali   Freed hostages head for Germany
  14 Europeans freed from a 5-month hostage ordeal in the Sahara desert are on a plane
Aug.18   Mali 14 European hostages released Apr.4   Cuba     Castro visits hijacked ferry site
  In the port of Mariel at least 30 people are being held hostage aboard a ferry tethered about 30 feet from the dock

year 2002 Top ^

Oct.26   Moscow     Putin sorrow over hostage toll
  President has made a televised address to apologise to families of hostages killed. Putin praised the pre-dawn operation
Oct.23   Moscow 'Loud blast' at theatre
  A loud explosion has been heard at a theatre where Chechen rebels are holding up to 800 people hostage
  Moscow Chechen gunmen seize theater
  Gunmen took more than 700 people hostage, threatening to kill some. They had mined portions of the building Oct.18   Germany   Teen gunman surrenders to police
  A 16-year-old surrendered after holding several students and a teacher hostage at a school he once attended
Aug.20   Berlin   Hostage crisis over
  The occupation of the Iraqi embassy has ended peacefully after police freed hostages held by Iraqi dissidents
Jul.19   Nigeria   Women oil protesters take hostages
  Unarmed women occupying 4 ChevronTexaco flowstations took 2 oil workers hostage in a bid to force negotiations
Jul.14   Mexico   Farmers soften talk of hostage threats
  1,000 armed farmers who own the land for an airport toned down their threats to kill hostages
Jan.31   Pakistan   Threat to kill journalist delayed
  Militants believed to be holding the American journalist Daniel Pearl hostage

year 2001 Top ^

Jul.31   Russia   Gunfire at Russia hostage siege
  Gunman claiming to have a bomb and had demanded 6 more sub-machine guns and a helicopter
Jul.30  Russia  Gunmen take 40 hostage Jun.21   Philippines   Severed heads could be soldiers
  3 heads found in an area where kidnappers claimed to have killed an American hostage Jun.18   Southern Philippines U.S. hostage may be dead Map of Basilan Philippines
  Military has admitted that Guillermo Sobero may be dead. Arroyo visited the southern island province of Basilan
Jun.11   Southern Philippines   Kidnappers: U.S. hostage executed
  Abu Sayyaf in a call to a radio station said kidnappers have killed Guillermo Sobero, an American hostage
Jun.6   Philippines   U.S. hostage shot in back  Protestant missionary M. Burnham has reportedly been wounded in a clash between the kidnappers and government forces Apr.6   Philippines Rebels release last hostage
  Maj. N. Buan, last hostage held by communist rebels, the New People's Army, was released, clearing the way for peace talks
Apr.5   Philippines   Beheading deadline pass
  Muslim rebels have decided to postpone an execution of a U.S. hostage
Feb.18   Sao Paulo 8 dead in prison riots  Hundreds of people taken hostage at coordinated wave of riots in 10 prisons

year 2000 Top ^

Dec.23   Colombia Hostage release by rebels
  Expected release of 45 soldiers and police held by leftist rebels would lead to peace talks

before year 2000
Nov. 4, 1980   Washington   Ronald Reagan defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter
  The presidential campaign between Reagan and President Jimmy Carter was conducted during domestic concerns and the ongoing Iran hostage crisis
Nov. 4, 1979   Tehran American Embassy taken hostage during Iranian Revolution
Map of American Embassy Iran
  Youthful Islamists, calling themselves Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, invaded the embassy compound and seized its staff

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