Latest Hostage situations News

US citizen charged in kidnapping of journalist in Somalia

Feb. 21, 2019 6:05 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S. citizen has been charged with kidnapping and other counts for his alleged role in the abduction of a freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for nearly three years, according to federal charging documents unsealed Thursday in New York. According to a criminal...

Suspect in killing of 4 hostages during standoff has died

Feb. 17, 2019 6:56 PM EST

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — A man who shot and killed four people he held hostage in a Mississippi home has died from gunshot wounds he received during the 12-hour standoff, authorities said Sunday. Two small children were released unharmed from the home in Clinton several hours after the standoff began, police...

Libyan authorities help free 14 kidnapped Tunisian workers

Feb. 17, 2019 4:55 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Libyan authorities helped free 14 Tunisian workers Sunday who were kidnapped by an armed group near Libya's capital, the Tunisian government said. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday night that the hostages had been seized Thursday in the town of Zawiva by...

4 dead after Mississippi hostage standoff, shooting

Feb. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EST

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and a suspect is in custody after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a fatal hostage standoff. Clinton city spokesman Mark Jones says the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday inside a Clinton home and lasted for about 12 hours. Jones says...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Feb. 11, 2019 1:22 AM EST

Forty years ago, Iran's military said it wouldn't stand in the way of revolutionaries and returned to its barracks, signaling the end of the rule of the shah. The effects of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through...

Descendants from last US slave ship gathering in Alabama

Feb. 8, 2019 4:58 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The years have been hard on Africatown USA. Established by the last boatload of Africans abducted into slavery and shipped to the United States just before the Civil War, the coastal Alabama community now shows scarcely a trace of its founders. Industrial development choked off access...

Ex-hostages say suspect in Belgian shooting was their jailer

Feb. 7, 2019 11:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two journalists who were taken hostage in Syria testified Thursday that a 33-year-old man who is now on trial for the fatal shootings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium definitely was one of their jailers. French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche is charged with "terrorist murder" in the...

Dad of accused killer, kidnapper asks for prayers for victim

Feb. 7, 2019 10:40 AM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The father of the man accused of holding a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl captive for nearly three months after killing her parents is asking people to pray for the girl's healing. Patrick Patterson told ABC News that he wants Jayme Closs and her relatives to know his family's hearts are...

The Latest: Officer shot during warrant over firearms, drugs

Feb. 7, 2019 12:39 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on a police officer who was shot and killed in Milwaukee (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Milwaukee police say an officer shot and killed on the city's south side was part of a unit that was conducting a search warrant on someone wanted for illegally selling firearms and drugs....

UK believes Islamic State hostage John Cantlie is alive

Feb. 5, 2019 11:55 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government believes photojournalist John Cantlie is alive more than six years after his abduction in northwestern Syria, Britain's security minister said Tuesday. Security Minister Ben Wallace told journalists that officials think Cantlie is being held by Islamic State operatives,...