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.
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
Local 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.
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.”
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.
“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…”
Ten years ago, Dan Henninger of the Wall Street Journal wrote that a then-recent issue of the Sunday Times “asked famous New Yorkers to identify New York’s golden age. At least four identified the 1970s as the golden age:”
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.”
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.
(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.
(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.