Category Archives: Hostage

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…”


Qaeda group in Yemen threatens to kill American journalist by end of this week

SANA, Yemen — Seething over an attempt last month by United States commandos to free an American hostage, Al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate has threatened to kill him by the end of the week and warned the Obama administration against further “foolish action,” according to a video posted on YouTube.

The journalist, Luke Somers, who appears in the video posted late Wednesday, has been missing since September 2013, when he was snatched off a street in Sana, the Yemeni capital.

Mr. Somers, speaking to the camera, appears composed and healthy, wearing a purple shirt and glasses.

“I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation,” he said. “I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask if there’s anything that can be done, please let it be done.”

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Brad Thor predicted this week’s ‘breaking news’ on Bowe Bergdahl ransom months ago

As a best-selling novelist of political thrillers, Brad Thor is perhaps better plugged in to international events than most of our Congressmen. For example, news is breaking this week that the United States paid a ransom to a “con man” in exchange for alleged deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

More at Twitchy.


Boko Haram complains about their German hostage, who is ‘always crying’; threatens to kill him

This was included in Boko Haram’s announcement that the kidnapped girls had been forcibly converted to Islam and married off:

In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.

“Don’t you know we are still holding your German hostage (who is) always crying,” he taunts. “If we want, we will hack him or slaughter him or shoot him.”

A German development worker was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gombi, a town in Nigeria’s northeast Gombi in July. Police reported he was ambushed as he drove to work.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier last week told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that he had no new information about a German abductee.


Philippine militants free German hostages: police official

(Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Philippines released two German hostages on Friday, a senior police official said. The Abu Sayyaf group had originally threatened to behead one of the captives earlier in the day.

The hostages, captured by the militants in April from a yacht on the high seas, were being held in the interior of the remote island of Jolo, 600 miles (960 km) south of Manila.

“They are now safe and secure at an army camp,” the police official, who was not authorised to speak to the press, told Reuters. He said soldiers and police officers had fetched the man and woman at a police checkpoint.

The official was confirming a statement by Abu Rami, the spokesman for the small but violent group, to a commercial radio station based in Zamboanga city in the south that the hostages had been freed…

(Photo: Soldiers ride in a truck as they patrol a road in Jolo, Sulu, in southern Philippines September 25, 2014. Reuters)


German hostage says being held in hole by Philippine Islamists; will be his grave if ransom demands not met

(Reuters) – One of two Germans held captive by an Islamist militant group in the Philippines said on Wednesday he was being held in a hole in the ground which he had been told would be his grave if ransom demands were not met.

A German man, who is a doctor, and a German woman were seized by the Abu Sayyaf group in April when their yacht broke down near the southern island of Palawan en route to Sabah in eastern Malaysia.

They are being held on Jolo island, a hotbed of Islamist militants in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic Philippines.

Abu Rami, a spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, said his group would execute the doctor at 3 p.m. on Friday as a 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) ransom had not been paid by last Friday’s deadline.

The demand includes Germany halting its support for U.S.-led air strikes in Syria…