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Families of Kidnapped Sailors Plea for South Korean Help

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The families of four South Korean sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates last year are pleading for help in securing their release. The sailors were among the crew of the tanker MT Gemini who were captured on April 30, 2011, while traveling from Kenya to Malaysia. The pirates released most of the crew after the […]

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Americans Taken Hostage in Egypt Released

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian officials said the two Americans and a local tour guide kidnapped four days ago in the Sinai have been released. A group of armed men abducted Michel Louis, Lisa Alphonse and their Egyptian tour guide on Friday. They were part of a bus tour heading to a sixth century church located at the foot […]

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Egypt Seeks Release of US Hostages in Sinai

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian officials are working to negotiate with a Bedouin man who took two Americans and a local tour guide hostage to demand his uncle’s release from jail. A group of armed men abducted Michel Louis, Lisa Alphonse and their Egyptian tour guide on Friday. They were part of a bus tour heading to a sixth […]

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4 Aid Workers Kidnapped in Kenya Freed in Dramatic Rescue

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Four international aid workers kidnapped in Kenya are now free and headed home, following a dramatic rescue by security forces inside Somalia. The hostages were rescued on Monday during a joint operation by Kenyan and Somali military forces, three days after being captured. A Somali police official told VOA the four were discovered after a […]

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4 Foreign Aid Workers Rescued in Somalia

Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan and Somali officials say four foreign aid workers kidnapped Friday from a refugee camp in Kenya and taken to neighboring Somalia have been rescued and are safe. Officials say the aid workers were rescued overnight in Somalia after a short gunfight. On Friday, Kenyan police said one person was killed when unknown attackers kidnapped […]

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South Africans Freed From Somali Pirate Captivity

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Two South Africans kidnapped 20 months ago by pirates off the Somali coast have been freed. Somali Defense Minister Hussein Arab Isse told reporters Thursday the pair were rescued by security forces during an early morning raid. However, a security source told VOA that a ransom was paid to win their release. The couple, Deborah […]

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South African Couple Freed from Somali Pirates

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two South Africans kidnapped 20 months ago by pirates off the Somali coast have been freed. Somalia Defense Minister Hussein Arab Isse said Thursday that Somali security forces assisted in the release of the couple, who appeared at a news conference in Mogadishu on Thursday. The couple, Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, had been held […]

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Hostages at Toulouse Bank Freed, Suspect Detained

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A gunman who took four hostages in a bank in Toulouse, France, has been arrested and his captives freed, after a six-hour standoff with police. Police say the suspect was slightly injured in the efforts to free the hostages, but the hostages, all CIC bank employees, were unharmed. Two of the hostages, both women, were […]

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Hostages at Toulouse Bank Freed, Suspect Detained

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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A gunman who took four hostages inside a bank in Toulouse, France, has been arrested and his captives freed. Police say the suspect was slightly injured in their efforts to free the hostages, but the hostages themselves were unharmed. The police statement came soon after gunshots were reported in the area of the bank. The […]

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Gunman Takes Hostages at Toulouse Bank

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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A gunman holding hostages inside a bank in Toulouse, France, has released at least one of his four captives. Police say the released hostage is a woman. They say talks are underway with the gunman to arrange the release of the hostages still inside the bank. Authorities say they are trying to establish communications with […]

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