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Islamist Militants Seize Hostages at Algerian Gas Field

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants with reported links to al-Qaida have attacked a natural gas production facility operated by the British oil company BP in southern Algeria, kidnapping at least seven foreigners, including Japanese, British and Norwegian nationals. Algeria’s state-run news agency said one person was killed and seven others wounded in Wednesday’s attack on the field at […]

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5 Kidnapped Aid Workers Freed in Niger, 1 Killed

Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Niger say five African aid workers who were kidnapped by suspected al-Qaida militants last month have been freed. The aid groups BEFEN and Health Alert say the workers were freed on Saturday near Niger’s border with Mali. They say a sixth worker who had been kidnapped with the group was shot during the […]

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American Man Kidnapped in Somalia

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Somali gunmen in the central town of Galkayo have kidnapped an American man, as abductions for ransom continue in the dangerous east African nation. The man was traveling in a car that was surrounded just as it was leaving the town’s airport and that the gunmen reportedly included members of the man’s security guard. News […]

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American Kidnapped in Nigeria’s Oil Delta

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Nigeria say gunmen have kidnapped an American citizen in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Officials say the assailants abducted the man in the oil city of Warri Friday, killing his driver. The gunmen later demanded a ransom of more than $310,000. The U.S. embassy in Nigeria said diplomats there were aware of the […]

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2 Foreign Aid Workers Kidnapped in Pakistan

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani security officials say two foreign aid workers were kidnapped in the city of Multan in central Punjab province Thursday. The officials said gunmen abducted an Italian and a German. Italy’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed the abduction of an Italian citizen in Multan. Germany’s foreign ministry has not verified the kidnapping of one its citizens. […]

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2 Foreign Aid Workers Kidnapped in Pakistan

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani security officials say two foreign aid workers were kidnapped in the city of Multan in central Punjab province Thursday. The officials said one of the people kidnapped was Italian, while the identity of the other is not known. Italy’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the abduction of an Italian citizen in Multan. No one immediately claimed […]

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Philippine Police Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping of US Missionary Couple

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine police say they have arrested an Islamic militant suspected of involvement in the 2001 kidnapping of an American missionary couple. Security officials said Tuesday the man, known as “Abu Ismael,” was captured on the remote southern island of Basilan. They said he is a member of the Abu Sayyaf terror group, which is linked […]

Philippine Police Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping of US Missionary Couple

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine police say they have arrested an Islamic militant suspected of involvement in the 2001 kidnapping of an American missionary couple. Security officials said Tuesday the man, known as “Abu Ismael,” was captured on the remote southern island of Basilan. They said he is a member of the Abu Sayyaf terror group, which is linked […]

Philippine Kidnappers Demand $2 Million Ransom for Australian

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian man kidnapped by a suspected militant Islamist group in the Philippines has appeared in a video saying his captors demand a $2 million ransom for his release. The video posted Thursday on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald shows a pale and distraught-looking Warren Richard Rodwell asking for the Philippine and Australian […]

Australian Man Kidnapped in Southern Philippines

Posted December 6th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in the Philippines say suspected Islamist militants have kidnapped an Australian man from his home on the restive southern island of Mindanao. Police and military officials say 53-year-old Richard Rodwell, a retired Australian army soldier, was abducted by several gunmen in the sparsely populated village of Ipil late Monday. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard […]