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2 inmates charged after riot in South Carolina jail

Sep. 04, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff's department has brought charges against two inmates after a jail riot in which two guards were held hostage and injured. Jujuan Council, 23, and Anthony Blakney, 32, were charged with first-degree assault, kidnapping and...

British national pleads guilty to role in terror beheadings

Sep. 02, 2021 21:55 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A British national admitted Thursday evening in a federal courtroom near the nation's capital that he played a leadership role in an Islamic State scheme to torture, hold for ransom and eventually behead American hostages. Alexanda Anon Kotey, 37,...

A British national pleads guilty in federal court to role in Islamic State scheme to torture, behead American hostages

Sep. 02, 2021 20:17 PM EDT
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A British national pleads guilty in federal court to role in Islamic State scheme to torture, behead American hostages.

EXPLAINER: Who are the gunmen abducting Nigerian students?

Sep. 02, 2021 07:15 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The recent release of three separate groups of students who had been abducted in northern Nigeria brought joyful reunions and the hope that others still held might soon be freed. Now just days later gunmen have again attacked a school in the...

Gunmen kidnap 73 students in latest attack on Nigeria school

Sep. 01, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen abducted 73 students in yet another school attack in northwestern Nigeria on Wednesday, police said, prompting authorities to close all primary and secondary schools across Zamfara state. The new kidnappings came just days after three other...

Rebels ambush civilian convoy along roadside in eastern Congo, killing 5 and taking 20 others hostage

Sep. 01, 2021 14:54 PM EDT
BENI, Congo (AP) — Rebels ambush civilian convoy along roadside in eastern Congo, killing 5 and taking 20 others hostage.

Brit charged in terror beheadings scheduled to plead guilty

Aug. 31, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — One of two British nationals charged with joining the Islamic State group and conspiring to torture and behead American and European hostages in Syria is scheduled to plead guilty to criminal charges. Federal court records show a change of plea...

Court documents: US-held British national accused of conspiring to behead hostages in Syria to plead guilty to charges

Aug. 31, 2021 19:18 PM EDT
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Court documents: US-held British national accused of conspiring to behead hostages in Syria to plead guilty to charges.

Robbers escape with hostages atop cars in Brazil bank heist

Aug. 30, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Bank robbers armed with explosives and high-powered rifles plunged a city in Sao Paulo state’s interior into terror early Monday, taking civilians hostage and even putting some on their cars while making their escape. Video...

3 groups of students freed in Nigeria in 24-hour period

Aug. 27, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in northern Nigeria announced three separate groups of kidnapped students were freed within a 24-hour period, prompting speculation late Friday that large ransoms had been paid to the gunmen blamed for a spate of recent abductions. ...