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1. 2016-06-12 Orlando gay nightclub shooting: 50 killed, suspect is Omar Mateen Pulse club, Orlando, FL, Florida
2. 2016-05-03 Hostages held by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines make video plea Southern Philippines
3. 2016-03-29 EgyptAir hijack: Man surrenders at Larnaca airport Larnaca, Cyprus
E. 2016-01-15 Hostages freed from Ouagadougou hotel Splendid Hotel, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
F. 2015-12-24 Iran hostages 'to be compensated' 36 years later Washington
2015-11-13 Paris attacks: 120 dead and hostages held at Bataclan Bataclan, Paris
H. 2015-10-22 Kurdish hostages freed but US soldier killed Hawija, Kirkuk, Northern Iraq
8. 2015-05-03 Boko Haram freed women tell of captivity horror Northern Nigeria
J. 2015-04-23 US admits two hostages killed in al-Qaeda raid Washington

EgyptAir hijack: Man surrenders at Larnaca airport Map of Larnaca Cyprus  The hijack of a domestic Egyptian flight that caused it to be diverted to Cyprus has ended with all hostages released and the hijacker surrendering Hostages freed from Ouagadougou hotel   Paris attacks: 120 dead and hostages held at Bataclan Map of Bataclan France
Orlando gay nightclub shooting: 50 killed, suspect is Omar Mateen Map of Pulse club Orlando FL Florida

year 2016 Top ^

Jun.12   Florida
  The gunman was killed after taking hostages. Another 53 people were injured at the Pulse club in the worst mass shooting in recent US history
 The killings were likely to be ideologically motivated, though there was no information that the gunman was associated with a particular group. The suspect, who was a US citizen from the town of Port St Lucie, Florida, and was of Afghan descent, was not on a terrorism watch list
May.3  Southern Philippines  Hostages held by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines make video plea
Mar.29   Cyprus  
Jan.15   Burkina Faso

year 2015 Top ^

Dec.24  Washington  Iran hostages 'to be compensated' 36 years later
Nov.13   Paris
  France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after at least 60 people were killed in multiple gun and bomb attacks
 At least 15 people were killed near the arts centre, where up to 60 people are being held hostage. Police storm the venue. 3 people were killed in an attack near the Stade de France

Oct.22   Northern Iraq
May.3  Northern Nigeria  Boko Haram freed women tell of captivity horror
Apr.23   Washington
Jan.15  Northern Syria  Syria conflict: Italian aid worker hostages freed
Jan.14  Paris  Footage shows harrowing scene inside kosher grocery

year 2014 Top ^

Dec.15   Sydney
Dec.14   Sydney
Dec.6   Yemen
Oct.26  New York  NY Times: ISIS hostages were tortured before beheadings
Oct.11  Cameroon  Cameroon flies freed Boko Haram hostages to capital
Aug.29  Syria  Report: ISIS waterboarded captives
Aug.16  Chad  Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram
Jun.7  Western Iraq  Iraq university hostages' ordeal ends in Ramadi
May.19  Mali  Tuareg rebels 'free Mali hostages'
Apr.2  Washington  US outrage at Iran 'hostages' envoy

year 2013 Top ^

Oct.29  Niger  French hostages freed in Niger
Oct.10   Northern Syria
Oct.1   North 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.22  Kenya  'Most' hostages freed after forces launch attack on Al Qaeda-linked militants Sep.21  Kenya  Hostages 'still in Nairobi mall' Sep.17   Southern Philippines Hostages freed; Muslim rebels capture police chief Map of Zamboanga City Philippines  As Philippine security forces rescued scores of hostages held by Muslim rebels, the rebels struck back by taking the local police chief captive 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
May.21   Sinai   Sinai security hostages 'freed'
  Seven members of the Egyptian security forces abducted in the Sinai peninsula have been freed, officials say
Apr.26   Nigeria     Boko Haram 'got $3m ransom' to free hostages
  Islamist militant group Boko Haram was paid more than $3m before releasing a French family of seven, a Nigerian government report says
Mar.10   Northern Nigeria Nigeria hostages are feared dead
Feb.2   Southern Philippines   Two Philippines hostages released Map of Sulu Philippines  Abu Sayyaf Islamist militants in the Philippines have released two Filipino members of a TV crew, who were kidnapped last June Jan.21   Algeria Count of hostage deaths in Algeria standoff rises to 37 Jan.20  Algeria  Hostage death toll 'rises to 48' Jan.19  Algeria  7 hostages reported dead in 'final assault'   Algeria Algeria siege ends in bloodshed Map of Amenas Algeria
  Algerian troops have ended a siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert killing 11 Islamist militants after they killed seven hostages.    The hostages were summarily killed as the troops tried...
Jan.18   Algeria Hostage nations' Algeria concern Jan.17   Algeria Hostages missing in Algeria raid Map of Amenas Algeria  An Algerian army operation to free hostages at a gas facility in the desert has left a number of Islamist militants and their captives missing  Mali  Americans held hostage in Algeria Jan.16  Algeria  Americans held hostage in Algeria

year 2012 Top ^

Dec.23   Somalia Somali troops 'free' 22 hostages held by pirates
Map of Puntland Somalia
  22 hostages seized by pirates nearly 3 years ago have been freed, the authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland say
Oct.5  Syria  Video: Syrian rebels vow to kill hostages Apr.2  Colombia  Colombia Farc hostages released Mar.8   Northern Nigeria   Briton, Italian killed amid rescue   The suspected killers of Italian and British hostages who had been held in Nigeria have been arrested, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan... Jan.26  Sicily  Freed aid workers arrive at Italy base

year 2011 Top ^

Dec.28   Western China   Chinese police kill Uighurs in rescue   The Chinese police have killed seven members of the Uighur ethnic group in the restive western region of Xinjiang in order to free two hosta...   Colombia     FARC to release six hostages
  Colombia's main leftist rebel group says it plans to release six hostages, including three who have been in captivity for more than 12 years
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
Feb.26   Somalia   Americans detained pirate negotiators  Before 2 pirate leaders departed the yacht where they held 4 Americans they left instructions: kill the hostages if we do not come back Feb.11   Colombia     Farc rebels release more captives  Colombia's rebels have released two hostages, bringing the number released so far this week to three Jan.8  Niger  French hostages in Niger killed

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.17   Nigeria Delta Miilitary rescue 19 hostages in Niger Delta Map of Delta Nigeria
  In a land, air and sea assault, Nigerian troops have rescued 19 hostages kidnapped by militants in the Niger Delta this month
Aug.23   Mali Al-Qaeda frees Spanish hostages Jun.15   Eastern Germany   Man takes hostages at Leipzig store Map of Leipzig Germany
  The hostage-taker walked down the stairs of the H&M store in central Leipzig, where he had been holding people. It ended without violence
Jan.31   Somalia Hostages: We're being badly treated
  A British couple kidnapped by pirates have issued another desperate plea, saying they are being badly treated and need urgent help
Jan.22   Somalia Hostages: Pirates will kill us in days

year 2009 Top ^

Dec.13   Southern Philippines   Remaining hostages released
  Gunmen have released the remaining 45 hostages, ending a three-day crisis that began when the kidnappers raided a school in a small village
Nov.20   Somalia British hostages say pirates will kill them  A British couple kidnapped from their yacht pleaded for their life in a video broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 Friday Oct.10   Rawalpindi Hostages at army HQ released
Aug.18   Colombia     Guerrillas release video of two hostages  Marxist guerrillas have released a video showing that hostages are alive and seemingly well 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.21  Iraq  Bodies handed to British officials Jun.15  Yemen  Hostages' bodies 'found in Yemen' May.12   Eastern Afghanistan     Taliban storm strategic city Map of Khost Afghanistan
  Militants attacked a municipal building, fighting pitched battles with U.S. forces and taking hostages
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.10   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 Mar.22   Baghdad   New video of Briton seized in Iraq in 2007
  The British Embassy has received a new video of one of five British hostages kidnapped about two years ago
Feb.26   Bangladesh Guard mutiny 'is over'
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
Feb.1   Colombia FARC rebels release 4 hostages Jan.28   Colombia   Farc 'to free hostages on Sunday'
  Senator Piedad Cordoba: leftist rebel group plans to release several high-profile hostages on Sunday

year 2008 Top ^

Dec.21   Colombia FARC 'will release six hostages'
  The rebels have said they are going to release 2 politicians and 4 security officers being held as hostages in jungle camps in the next few days
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
  Mumbai   Chaos at Jewish center and hotel   The bodies of 5 hostages have been found at a center. Gunfire and explosions continued to ring out from the Chabad House Nov.26   Mumbai   Scores killed in rampage
  In a brazen series of coordinated attacks, gunmen struck 10 sites across the city, killing scores of people and taking hostages in 2 luxury hotels.    87 reported killed and another 185 wounded that day. (Later reported At least 188 people were killed and at least 293 were i...
Jul.20   Colombia World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom   Turkey   Kurdish rebels release German hostages
Map of Agri Turkey
  3 Germans kidnapped by PKK, were released after more than a week in captivity. They have been kept in the mountains under bad conditions
  Paris   Betancourt in plea to FARC rebels  The recently freed French-Colombian politician has urged her former captors, the Marxist rebels, to release all hostages 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.15   Colombia Colombia used Red Cross logo in rescue Jul.7   Colombia   Ex-jungle captive: 'We fought each other'  The hostages held alongside Ingrid Betancourt in the jungle endured years of deprivation and abuse from the leftist rebels who kidnapped the... 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
Jul.3   Colombia     Betancourt reunited with family
  The French-Colombian politician was among 15 hostages rescued without a shot being fired as their captors were tricked into handing them over Jul.2   Colombia     Uribe pushes for peace
  Hours after a military operation that freed 15 hostages, Colombian President urged peace by calling on leftist rebels to release all hostages
  Colombia Betancourt rescued from FARC
  In a secret operation the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages.    Along with French-Colombian politician, 3 American contractors and 11 other hostages who were Colombian police were rescued. Appearing h...
Apr.11   Paris   Sarkozy: Pirates have released hostages  Pirates have released the 30-member crew of a luxury yacht that was hijacked a week ago off the coast of Somalia 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.16   Colombia   Letters reveal horror of hostages
  A satchel of letters carried out of the jungle by 2 women freed by rebels details the heart-wrenching suffering and depredation
Jan.10   Venezuela   Freed hostages reunited with families   2 hostages freed by Colombian rebels have landed in Caracas, where their friends and family carrying flowers clapped and embraced them   Colombia   Colombian rebels 'free hostages'
  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: Two women hostages have been freed by Colombian rebels

year 2007 Top ^

Dec.31   Colombia   New delay for hostages
  Leftist rebels say government military operations are blocking the release of 3 hostages, according to Hugo Chavez
Dec.28   Colombia Mission begins to free FARC hostages 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.24   Kashmir Mosque besieged Dec.1   Venezuela     Chavez blasts Colombia
  A Colombian rebel group holding hostages had agreed to release some of them by the end of 2007. Chavez: President Uribe has derailed those plans
Nov.30   New England Peaceful end to Clinton standoff Map of Rochester New Hampshire USA
  Police have arrested a man who took several hostages at Hillary Clinton's campaign office. He claimed he had a bomb strapped to his chest
  Colombia Videos show hostages held by rebels
  The government has seized 5 videotapes from members of a rebel group that show a number of hostages
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.30   Afghanistan     Final S. Korean hostages freed by Taliban
  Kidnappers released the 7 remaining hostages and handed them over to Red Cross officials Aug.29   Afghanistan Taliban frees 12 South Korean hostages Aug.28   Afghanistan     Taliban: Korean hostages to be released  South Korean negotiators have reached a deal with militants holding 19 S. Korean Christian aid workers for over a month Aug.11   Afghanistan     Taliban: 2 hostages to be released
  The militants holding 21 Korean hostages will release two female hostages who are unwell
Aug.10   Afghanistan     S. Korean negotiators meet Taliban
  2 top Taliban leaders and 4 South Korean officials met face-to-face for the first time to negotiate the fate of 21 hostages
Jul.30   Afghanistan Taliban resumes talks on hostages  The kidnappers and Afghan negotiators resumed talks to free 22 South Koreans who were still alive despite 2 rebel deadlines expiring Jul.29   Afghanistan Taliban: Hostages will die Monday
  Taliban spokesman said their fighters would kill 22 remaining South Korean hostages if the Afghan government did not release rebel prisoners
Jul.23   Afghanistan Deadline looms for hostages Jul.22   Afghanistan Taliban extend deadline for hostages Jul.21   Afghanistan   Taliban: 2 German hostages killed  The Afghan Foreign Ministry said one is still alive and the other died of a heart attack Jun.28   Colombia 11 lawmaker hostages killed
  Left-wing rebels said that 11 provincial lawmakers kidnapped in 2002 were killed last week in the crossfire of a military rescue attempt
Jun.23   Pakistan   Hostages seized in 'brothel' raid
  Students from a radical mosque raided an acupuncture clinic they said was used as a brothel in the capital
Jun.21   Nigeria Delta   Troops kill 12 in strike on oil facility Map of Niger Delta Nigeria
  Nigerian troops killed 12 militants and freed a number of hostages in a dawn raid on an Italian-operated oil facility in the Niger Delta
Jun.11   Nigeria Delta   Hostages released in Niger Delta
  Militants in the south of the country have released 12 foreigners, whom they have been holding for several weeks
Apr.29   Ethiopia Rebels release 7 Chinese hostages
  7 Chinese oil workers and 2 African civilians were released by a rebel group that attacked a Chinese oil exploration facility
Mar.13   Eritrea     European hostages freed  5 Europeans who were abducted have been released in neighboring Eritrea and are in good health Mar.9   Ethiopia   Hostages 'safe' with rebels
  5 Europeans and 8 Ethiopians kidnapped by gunmen in northern Ethiopia are safe and in a good condition
Feb.13   Nigeria   Kidnappers release hostages
  24 Filipino hostages abducted from a Baco-Liner cargo ship more than three weeks ago have been freed
Feb.8   Nigeria Delta Militants hold more hostages

year 2006 Top ^

Nov.18   Baghdad Video emerges in hunt for hostages
  Islamic Mujahedeen Battalion claims it took Westerners, that working for Crescent Security
Nov.16   Baghdad   Ministry hostages 'tortured'  Higher education minister fears some workers kidnapped by gunmen have been tortured and killed Nov.14   Baghdad Most hostages freed after kidnapping 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.25   Iraq Al Qaeda group killed 4 Russian hostages  The statement, video on a Web site: the Mujahedeen Shura Council had beheaded 3 of the men and shot 1 to death Apr.9   Iraq New video shows German hostages
  Engineers Thomas Nitzschkea and Rene Braeunlich abducted in Iraq have made a desperate appeal for help
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  U.S. and British forces have freed 3 Christian aid workers held hostage, ending a 4-month ordeal 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.7   Iraq   Video of three hostages aired  Al-Jazeera has broadcast a 25-second, silent tape. The men asked their governments to work for their release Jan.28   Iraq Captors: Last chance for demand Jan.1  Gaza  Italian hostages freed in Gaza, Yemen

year 2005 Top ^

Dec.30  Gaza  British hostages freed, say Palestinians Dec.10  Iraq  Deadline passes; no word on hostages Dec.2   Iraq Kidnappers threaten to kill peace activists  Al-Jazeera: The kidnappers threatened to kill the hostages unless all prisoners in detention centers are released Dec.1   Germany     German, UK bids to free hostages
  The German government and the British anti-war movement are trying to contact gunmen in Iraq Nov.29   Iraq Video airs of purported hostages  Al-Jazeera broadcast a video issued by an unknown group showing what it claimed were 4 hostages Oct.25   Darfur Aid workers 'kidnapped'
  Refugees took 34 hostages in a refugee camp, demanding the release of one of their leaders arrested by police
Oct.13   North Caucasus   Russian hostages freed  Russian forces killed 8 militants and freed 5 hostages who were held in a police station for nearly 24 hours Aug.12   Washington     CIA: Iran president likely not captor
  A report has determined that Ahmadinejad was not involved in the taking of U.S. hostages in 1979
Jun.30   Washington     Hostages: Iran leader 'embassy captor' Map of White House USA
  The White House said it is taking seriously the allegations by former hostages
May.10   Athens Athens anarchists release hostages
  A group of hooded anarchists took 150 hostages in a 6-hour standoff with police
Apr.16   Iraq   Iraq raid to free Shia hostages
  Iraqi and US troops have launched an operation in the town of Madain, where Sunni rebels are holding hostages
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
Feb.6   Baghdad 4 Egyptians taken hostage
  4 technicians working for an Egyptian telecom company have been abducted outside their house in Baghdad
Jan.22   Iraq   8 Chinese hostages freed  'Islamic Resistance Movement' announced the releases Saturday in a videotape

year 2004 Top ^

Dec.22   Paris Former Iraq hostages back in Paris Sep.16   Chechnya Rebel Basayev claims Beslan siege Sep.8  Russia  New details emerge on siege rebels Sep.3   North Caucasus   350 dead after troops storm school
Map of Beslan North Ossetia Russia  1,200 hostages might have been inside the Beslan school. Hundreds of people were injured Sep.2   North Caucasus     Siege goes into third day
  Hundreds of people, among them children, have spent a 2nd night as hostages of an armed gang
 North Caucasus  School siege: '26 freed' Sep.1   Iraq Employer: 7 hostages released  The 3 Indians, 3 Kenyans and one Egyptian are expected to arrive in Kuwait 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 Aug.18   Colombia Hostages stance reversed
  The government has offered to free jailed rebels in exchange for hostages held by Farc group
Aug.4   Iraq   Iraq force 'will not yield' over hostages
  US: all 32 countries in the multinational force have agreed not to give in to the demands of hostage-takers
Jul.23   Iraq Militants take Egyptian diplomat 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 Jun.1  Rio de Janeiro  Jail revolt leaves 34 dead 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 Apr.12   Iraq   Chinese hostages released  An antikidnapping fatwa issued by Muslim clerics failed to prevent 11 Russian civilians from being abducted Apr.10   Japan     Hostages overshadow Cheney's visit
  U.S. Vice President brought a message of solidarity to a nation torn over its commitment of humanitarian forces in Iraq
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 ^

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 May.14  Algeria  17 Sahara tourist hostages freed May.2   Nigeria Oil hostages to be freed - union
  Striking workers have agreed to release 100 foreigners held on 4 offshore rigs for over 2 weeks
Apr.11   Berlin   Police free bus hostages
  5-hour drama ended when police stormed a bus and freed 2 people being held by an armed bank robber
Mar.9   Philippines   Gunmen seize passenger bus
  Islamic rebels were killing an off-duty military officer on board before soldiers and police freed the hostages
Feb.24   Colombia   Missing US men 'prisoners of war'
  Left-wing rebels of FARC say hostages will only be freed in return for the release of several fellow militants

year 2002 Top ^

Nov.1   Chechnya Warlord admits Moscow theatre raid  Shamil Basayev said on a Web site that his group was behind theatre siege in which 119 hostages died Oct.29   Moscow   Tense vigil for survivors' relatives  Relatives of hundreds of former hostages are still waiting for word on their condition. The first funerals were held Oct.27   Moscow Gas killed all 115 hostages in raid 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
  Moscow   140 die in theatre siege climax  The death toll at the end to the 3-day siege has risen to 90 captives and 50 hostage-takers. 750 hostages were rescued Oct.25   Moscow   Rebels threaten to kill hostages
  Chechens in a theatre have said they will begin shooting hostages if Moscow does not order the withdrawal of troops
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
Aug.31   Macedonia   Hostages released
  The five were abducted from a bus in western Macedonia by ethnic Albanian gunmen
Aug.20   Berlin   Hostage crisis over
  The occupation of the Iraqi embassy has ended peacefully after police freed hostages held by Iraqi dissidents
  Berlin Hostages at Iraqi embassy 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.15   Mexico   Hostages freed in airport dispute  Farmers fighting government plans to build a new airport on their land freed 15 hostages at the end of a 4-day standoff 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
Jul.13   Mexico   Farmers take more hostages  A group of farmers, angered by the government's appropriation of land for a new airport, took 4 more hostages Jun.8   Philippines   Fight steps up after hostages die
  Officials have vowed an all-out military assault on remaining Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern part of the country
Jun.7  Southern Philippines  Hostages die in rescue bid

year 2001 Top ^

Nov.27   Philippines Rebels release all hostages
  Muslim separatists have released all 89 remaining hostages in exchange for safe passage through military forces
  Philippines   First hostages released in standoff
  8 civilians among 60 abducted by Muslim rebels have been released after negotiations Nov.15   Philippines 7 Abu Sayyaf hostages freed  Filipino hostages were abandoned along a highway. 3 hostages remain Nov.11   Macedonia Gunmen take hostages
  Several gunmen took over buses carrying workers to a factory
Aug.17   Afghanistan     Taliban treating aid 8 as hostages
  The Taliban is aimed at wearing down arrested aid workers by treating them as hostages
Aug.5   Philippines   Hostages return home
  13 hostages (7 children) were the last of 37 Christians kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf guerrillas
Aug.4   Philippines Troops recover 13 hostages  Filipino hostages were abandoned by their captors Jul.2   Philippines Gunmen release 2 hostages
  Kidnappers will continue attacks until government withdraws from Muslim-majority islands
Jun.26   Philippines   Severed heads of hostages found  Heads belonged to 2 of more than a dozen workers kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Jun.23   Sao Paulo   Jail rebellion ends peacefully
  Order restored where an uprising left 2 inmates dead and the release of 9 hostages
Jun.16   Manila 3 Abu Sayyaf hostages freed  2 of the 3 Filipino hostages arrived in Manila. 3 Americans and 23 Filipinos have not been freed Jun.11   Philippines   Kidnappers snatch new captives  Muslim gunmen seized 15 new hostages, mostly children, in a village swoop Jun.3   Philippines   Bodies found as kidnappers flee
  Police have found the bodies of 2 hostages captured by Muslim extremists. One of the bodies had been beheaded
May.31   Philippines Hostages shot in firefight
  2 hostages held by separatists have been killed in gunfire with government troops, say rebels
Apr.26   Sudan   Hijackers surrender  Hijackers forced Ethiopian plane to land in Sudan, surrendered to Sudanese authorities and released their hostages Apr.23   Istanbul   Hotel hostages released  Hostages held at Istanbul hotel have been freed unharmed. Pro-Chechen captors surrendered Apr.22   Istanbul Gunmen took 100 hostages
  20 armed Chechen rebels stormed a luxury hotel in central Istanbul. They allowed women and children to leave
Apr.19   Colombia   Remaining hostages freed  Rebels released the remaining 34 hostages held from a group of about 100 kidnapped earlier Apr.15   Sao Paulo   Prison rebellion ends
  Inmates killed the leaders of the uprising and released 150 hostages. Prisoners wanted to end a 65-hour rebellion

year 2000 Top ^

Nov.22   Thailand Police kill convicts, rescue hostages
  Thai police killed 9 Myanmar convicts and rescued their 3 hostages after a battle close to the border

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