Category Archives: Hostage

Why people held captive by terrorist groups sometimes convert to Islam

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, the couple who were recently rescued after being held hostage by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan for five years, most likely converted to Islam during the course of their captivity.

Even though they have not addressed the issue publicly, and experts say that under the intense emotional stress that people in hostage situations experience, it is not uncommon for people to reevaluate their core spiritual or ideological beliefs.


BREAKING: Gunman takes hostages near Alabama University Campus

FBI swat teams raced to the scene and are believed to have surrounded the Tuscaloosa Credit Union – it is not yet known if the incident is terror related but authorities have not ruled it out.

Armed suspect caught after hostage situation at Alabama credit union

An armed suspect accused of taking as many as eight hostages at a credit union on the campus of the University of Alabama was under arrest Tuesday, police announced, as a standoff that gripped Tuscaloosa for hours came to an end.


BREAKING: Seven people taken hostage by armed man in Paris


Police have cordoned off an area around a travel agency where the victims are being kept, according to reports. 

The man, who is believed to be on his own burst into the office at 18:30.

He is believed to have taken a total of seven people hostage in Asieland agency on Massena boulevard.

Don’t y’all go assumin’ anything! 😉

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Police search for gunman after attempted travel agency robbery

French police secure a street near the travel agency where a gunman has taken hostage about half a dozen people in what appears to be a robbery, a police source said, in Paris, France, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Police initially believed the man had taken about half a dozen people hostage, but when they entered the property they found no trace of him, Jerome Coumet told reporters.

“There were two floors. The people on site were scared that the robber was still there, which was not the case. The police intervened and freed everybody,” Coumet said.



Two knifemen ‘shot dead’ by French police after taking hostages in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church

The French Police Nationale gave no details about the situation but sent a Tweet urging media not to cross security tape at the scene or take pictures or video.

The incident follows in the wake of the Nice Bastille Day lorry attack. Eighty-four people were killed and over 300 injured after a lorry was driven through a crowd of revellers on the French Riviera city.

Paris anti-terrorist prosecutor will take on investigation into church attack in Normandy, France, says interior ministry spokesperson – Reuters

French president Francois Hollande on way to visit site of church attack in Normandy, France – Reuters

Priest killed with blade in hostage situation in northern France, police say – Reuters

french-hostageLocal reports said the two attackers stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during a service, taking the priest, two nuns and several members of the congregation hostage.

Twitter hashtag: #Normandy

Normandy siege: Knifemen ‘shouted Daesh and slit 86-year-old priest’s throat’ after taking nuns hostage in church before being shot dead

“The men’s motives are still unknown.”

normandy church seige

Terror unit take over investigation into church siege

1 among Normandy church hostages seriously injured, between life and death, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says – AP

French prosecutors say 1 person has been detained in investigation into church attack – AP


David Wood: The Sacrifice of Kenji Goto

Kenji Goto was a Japanese video journalist who converted to Christianity in 1997. The media widely reported his death at the hands of Islamic State jihadists. But the story of why he traveled to Syria is a much deeper story of love and loyalty. Kenji laid down his life in an attempt to rescue his troubled friend, Haruna Yukawa. Here’s Jay Smith discussing Kenji’s sacrifice:

David Wood’s statement is from John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

h/t Midnight Watcher


Jordan’s Talks With ISIS for Hostage Release Said to Fail

AMMAN — Negotiations between Jordan and the Islamic State over the fate of two hostages appeared to have collapsed on Thursday, according to a source in contact with Jordanian officials, raising fears that the extremists would carry out their threats to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian air force pilot they have captive.

Jordan was prepared to meet the Islamic State’s demand to turn over an imprisoned would-be suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi, delivering her to the Syrian-Turkish border by sunset on Thursday. But officials said the extremists had so far failed to provide proof that the pilot was still alive, so Ms. Rishawi remains in Jordan, the source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Without proof that the pilot is alive, Jordan is not prepared to make the swap of the suicide bomber, who is in prison here sentenced to death, officials said.


Video: Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto – ‘I have 24 hours left to live… the pilot has even less’

The Islamic State today threatened to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless a jailed female terrorist is released.

A video posted on jihadist websites shows a picture of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph of captured Jordanian pilot, 1st Lt Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh.

A voiceover, purportedly by Goto, warns that Jordan is blocking the Japanese journalist’s release by failing to free Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber on death row since 2006.

The statement says Goto and al-Kaseasbeh will be killed within 24 hours if al-Rishawi is not freed and urges the Japanese government to put pressure on Jordan.

The voiceover warns: ‘Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they are responsible for the death of the pilot which will then be followed by mine.

‘I only have 24 hours left to live… and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die.


Muslims Behead Japanese Hostage Haruna Yukawa Release Video Message By Kenji Goto Jogo





Release of captive Rishawi – from Islamic News Agency

“He said the Japanese prisoner that the Islamic state abandoned its request financial ransom -oho explains that it was a step of the Islamic state to humiliate Japan just- He said the state is now demanding a simple request for his release in exchange for a release of captive Rishawi of the Jordanian regime’s prisons.

He demanded the Japanese prisoner of independent media in his country to pressure the government to respond to the request of the Islamic state, where representatives of Japan now resides in Jordan…”