Latest Hostage situations News

Indian workers rescued from job scams in Southeast Asia

Oct. 07, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Friday said it has rescued about 130 Indian workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia after they were lured by agents for fake job opportunities in the information technology sector in Thailand. Arindam Bagchi, the External Affairs Ministry...

23 hostages from Nigeria passenger train reported freed

Oct. 05, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — More than 20 people who were abducted from a passenger train in Nigeria have regained their freedom after more than six months, Nigerian authorities said Wednesday. A government committee assembled by Nigeria’s chief of defense staff “secured the release...

Indianapolis police shoot, kill man holding woman hostage

Oct. 02, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police officers fatally shot an armed man Sunday inside a home where he was holding a woman hostage, police said. After officers arrived at the home about 10 a.m. in response to a call about a domestic disturbance involving a weapon, they requested...

Venezuela swaps 7 jailed Americans for Maduro relatives

Oct. 01, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare softening of hostile relations, Venezuela freed on Saturday seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on narcotics convictions. The swap of the...

Officials: Deputies fatally shoot N.C. hostage-taker

Oct. 01, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, N.C. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina fatally shot an armed man who had taken a relative hostage, authorities said Saturday. Neither the hostage nor law enforcement officials were injured in the incident Saturday morning in the Catawba County community of...

U.S. captives 'prayed for death' on brutal ride from Ukraine

Sep. 30, 2022 21:33 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Even after three months of captivity that included execution threats, physical torture, solitary confinement and food deprivation, it was the ride to freedom that nearly broke Alex Drueke, a U.S. military veteran released last week with nine other prisoners who went to...

Report urges improvements in US approach to hostage cases

Sep. 28, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration should create an additional senior-level position at the White House National Security Council to focus on cases of Americans who are wrongfully detained in foreign countries, and give more power and funding to an FBI-led interagency office tasked with...

Sri Lankans describe abuse as Russian captives in Ukraine

Sep. 24, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A group of Sri Lankans held captive by Russian forces in an agricultural factory in eastern Ukraine said Saturday that they were beaten and abused for months before escaping on foot as the Russians withdrew from the Kharkiv region this month. Recounting...

Police: 12 hostages freed at bank in country of Georgia

Sep. 20, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Police in the country of Georgia said 12 people who were held hostage in a bank by a gunman for hours Tuesday have been freed and hostage-taker has been arrested. Georgian media reported that the gunman at the bank in the city of Kutaisi had demanded $2...

US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker

Sep. 19, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took...