Latest Hostage situations News

Islamic extremists kill Nigerian pastor, attack his hometown

Jan. 22, 2020 7:28 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had pleaded for his life in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day. The Rev. Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier this month when Boko...

Indonesia says 5 citizens kidnapped by Philippine militants

Jan. 21, 2020 12:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Tuesday that five of the country's citizens have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines. The five being held hostage were among eight Indonesians on a Malaysian fishing boat that was fishing in Malaysian waters before it was...

Prosecutors recommend probation for teen's hoax SWAT calls

Jan. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who admitted in court to making hoax phone calls to authorities in a half-dozen states should receive a one-year sentence with credit for time served, an Ohio prosecutor said. David Dorbish Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court in Youngstown to charges that...

FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007, left, gets a hug from Babak Namazi, right, the son of Baquer Namazi who has been held in Iran, following their testimony before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Death of Iran general spurs anxiety over fate of US hostages

Jan. 7, 2020 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran, one month after the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope. The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad, but the prospect of a...

This booking photo provided by the Rockford, Ill., Police Department shows Nicholas August, 39, who was charged Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $2 million bail. Police say he entered a Rockford, Ill., bank on Friday, took a woman hostage and sexually assaulted her during a standoff with police. (Rockford Police Department via AP)

Police: Robber sexually assaulted hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 4, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man armed with a pellet gun who took a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank sexually assaulted her before surrendering to authorities following a six-hour standoff, police said Saturday. Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford, was being held Saturday at the Winnebago County Jail on $2...

Suspect surrenders after taking hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 3, 2020 10:41 PM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said at a news conference that the suspect "willingly" walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The...

Man holds 5 hostage, including a relative, before release

Jan. 3, 2020 2:12 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Five people in Alabama are free after being held hostage on New Year's Day before letting them go. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it received a call Thursday from a woman who reported the situation at a home in Fairfield. When deputies responded, they found five people...

1 killed, 4 Chinese abducted as pirates attack ship in Gabon

Dec. 23, 2019 7:20 AM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Authorities searched Monday for four Chinese crew members who were taken hostage by pirates in speedboats off Gabon's capital over the weekend. Government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou confirmed Sunday that four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were targeted in...

This undated handout photo provided by Poland's Supreme Audit Office shows an official photograph of the office's president, Marian Banas. Poland's ruling right-wing party begins its second term caught up in a crisis over Banas, who faces allegations of wrongdoing but refuses to resign and cannot easily be removed from his job. (Marek BrzeziƄski/Supreme Audit Office via AP)

Polish govt hostage to compromised official who won't go

Dec. 23, 2019 2:40 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing ruling party has seen the start of its second term hijacked by the country's chief auditor, who is suspected of financial wrongdoing but refuses to resign and cannot easily be removed from his job. Marian Banas, 64, is the appointed president of the...

In this photo provided by the Western Mindanao Command, rescued Indonesians Maharudin Lunani, second from left, and Samion Bin Maniue, second from right, pose with Major General Corleto Vinluan, center, commander joint task force Sulu, in Jolo, Sulu, southern Philippines on Sunday Dec. 22, 2019. Philippine forces rescued two of three Indonesian hostages Sunday after a gunbattle with their captors from the Muslim militant group Abu Sayyaf in the southern jungles, a regional military commander said. (Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command via AP)

Philippine troops rescue 2 Indonesians held by militants

Dec. 22, 2019 5:24 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine forces rescued two of three Indonesian hostages Sunday after a gunbattle with their captors from the Muslim militant group Abu Sayyaf in the southern jungles, a regional military commander said. A soldier and a militant were killed in two successive firefights at dawn...