Latest Hostage situations News

This undated photo provided by the Grapevine Texas Police Department shows, Larry Rendall Brock Jr.  During the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, Brock was photographed on the Senate floor wearing a helmet and heavy vest and carrying zip-tie handcuffs. The retired Air Force officer was arrested in Texas  and charged Sunday, Jan. 10 in federal court in the District of Columbia. (GrapevineTexas Police Department via AP)

Prosecutor: Capitol rioter aimed 'to take hostages'

Jan. 14, 2021 9:22 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs because he intended “to take hostages,” a prosecutor said in a Texas court on Thursday. “He means to take hostages. He means to...

Iran government spokesman, asked about seized tanker, calls South Korea 'hostage taker' over frozen $7 billion in assets

Jan. 5, 2021 4:44 AM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran government spokesman, asked about seized tanker, calls South Korea 'hostage taker' over frozen $7 billion in assets.
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2018 file photo released by the Union for the Republic and Democracy party shows then opposition Presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse casting his ballot during the presidential second round election in Niafunke, Mali. Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cissé, who was held hostage for six months by jihadists and considered a leading contender for 2022 elections, has died in Paris, his family said Friday. (Boubacar Sada Sissoko/Union for the Republic and Democracy via AP, File)

Mali opposition leader Cissé dies after contracting COVID-19

Dec. 25, 2020 12:55 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Soumaila Cissé, Mali's main opposition leader who was held hostage for six months earlier this year by jihadis and was considered a leading contender in the 2022 presidential election, has died in Paris. He was 71. Cissé died after contracting COVID-19, his eldest son Bocar...

Gunman kills 3 French police in domestic abuse standoff

Dec. 23, 2020 12:50 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A heavily armed gunman in southern France killed three police officers responding to a domestic violence call at his house and then fled, and he was found dead nearby Wednesday after an apparent suicide, the regional prosecutor said. The unusual killing of three on-duty officers prompted a...

Usman Mohammad Rabiu, a 13 year old student of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, his mother Asmau Hassan, and his siblings at their family house in Ketare, Nigeria, speaks to the Associated Press, Saturday Dec. 19, 2020. Nigeria's freed schoolboys have reunited with their joyful parents after being held captive for nearly a week by gunmen allied with jihadist rebels in the country's northwest. Relieved parents hugged their sons tightly on Saturday in Kankara, where more than 340 boys were abducted from the Government Science Secondary school on the night of Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Amid freed Nigeria schoolboys' joyful reunions, fear lingers

Dec. 20, 2020 1:44 PM EST

KANKARA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's freed schoolboys have reunited with their joyful parents after being held captive for nearly a week by gunmen allied with jihadist rebels in the country’s northwest. Relieved parents hugged their sons tightly on Saturday in Kankara, where more than 340 boys were...

New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of the Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. It's unclear if the gunman was killed or if any others were injured. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the church which is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and seat of its bishop. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

NYC cathedral gunman's note says he planned to take hostages

Dec. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The man killed by police Sunday after he opened fire on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral had a note in his pocket that said he had planned to take hostages and use them as leverage to get U.S. aid for Latin America, a law enforcement official said Wednesday. Luis Vasquez, 52,...

Azerbaijan, Armenia exchange prisoners as part of peace deal

Dec. 14, 2020 3:55 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan and Armenia exchanged prisoners Monday, a move stipulated in the peace deal between the two ex-Soviet nations that ended recent fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani authorities said an all-for-all exchange of prisoners and hostages have been...

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed

Charging the 'Beatles': Inside the case against IS militants

Nov. 30, 2020 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As two Islamic State militants faced a judge in Virginia last month, Diane Foley listened from home through a muffled phone connection and strained to make out the voices of the men prosecutors say kidnapped her son before he was murdered. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh stand...

5 freed, 2 men in custody after Queens hostage standoff

Nov. 18, 2020 8:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five people who were being held hostage during an apparent robbery attempt at a home in Queens were released by two armed men, who surrendered peacefully to police early Wednesday, authorities said. The roughly five-hour standoff began after officers surrounded the home Tuesday night. A...