Gulf Times - hostages
Brazil bus hijacker, armed with toy gun, shot dead by police

Brazil bus hijacker, armed with toy gun, shot dead by police

A hijacker armed with what turned out to be a toy gun was shot dead by police in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday after he held a busload of passengers hostage for several hours on a major bridge in peak-hour traffic.

French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, two commandos killed

French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, two commandos killed

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France's military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the night-time operation.

Nigerian police free 27 hostages, including five Chinese

Nigerian police free 27 hostages, including five Chinese

Nigerian police have freed 27 hostages kidnapped in recent weeks, police officials said Thursday, including five Chinese citizens.

Afghan forces free hundreds held hostage by militants in Kabul

Afghan forces free hundreds held hostage by militants in Kabul

Afghan security forces have freed 200 hostages and killed two assailants who launched a car bomb attack in Kabul near several government buildings on Monday, an official said.

Employees of India's IL&FS held hostage by Ethiopian staff fear for safety

Employees of India's IL&FS held hostage by Ethiopian staff fear for safety

India has asked Ethiopia to investigate a report that employees of an Indian company, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), have been taken hostage by staff in Ethiopia, a government source said on Saturday.

Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State (IS) militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by US-backed forces and had executed some of them and promised to kill more.

At least 27 hostages held by IS in south Syria

At least 27 hostages held by IS in south Syria

At least 27 people are being held by the Islamic State group in southern Syria, Human Rights Watch said Saturday as it deplored the hostage-taking as a "war crime".

IS killed hostage from Syria's Sweida

IS killed hostage from Syria's Sweida

The Islamic State group has executed one of dozens of Druze hostages abducted from Syria's southern province of Sweida last week, a journalist in the area and a monitor said Sunday.

Woman dies in Los Angeles supermarket hostage drama

Woman dies in Los Angeles supermarket hostage drama

During the shootout, the suspect was wounded in the arm, Mayor Eric Garcetti said, adding that one woman was shot in the store and later declared dead at the scene.

Four children killed in US hostage drama

Four children killed in US hostage drama

A hostage drama in Florida ended Monday with the death of four children at the hands of a gunman, who also took his own life, police said.

Bodies of 38 Indian workers killed by IS arrive home from Iraq

Bodies of 38 Indian workers killed by IS arrive home from Iraq

The bodies of 38 Indian construction workers kidnapped and murdered in Iraq by the Islamic State group returned home on Monday four years after their disappearance.

Three people killed in shooting, hostage-taking in France

Three people killed in shooting, hostage-taking in France

Police later stormed the supermarket in the small town of Trebes and Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter that the attacker had been killed.