Gulf Times - hostages
India says 39 workers abducted in Iraq in 2014 are confirmed dead

India says 39 workers abducted in Iraq in 2014 are confirmed dead

The bodies of 39 Indian construction workers kidnapped in Iraq in 2014 by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave, India's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Gunman and three hostages found dead at California veterans home

Gunman and three hostages found dead at California veterans home

Three women and a gunman who held them hostage at a California veterans home were found dead late on Friday, bringing a tragic end to an all-day standoff with police at the sprawling facility ...

Pakistan army reveals how US-Canadian family were freed

Pakistan army reveals how US-Canadian family were freed

American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 and had all three of their children in captivity.

Philippines seeks more funds to fight pro-IS militants

Philippines seeks more funds to fight pro-IS militants

The crisis in Marawi city has posed a serious threat to the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has deployed thousands of troops and imposed martial law across the southern third of the country.

Afghan forces recapture 'massacre' village: officials

Afghan forces recapture 'massacre' village: officials

Afghan forces have recaptured a remote village where Taliban and Islamic State fighters allegedly massacred dozens of civilians earlier this month, officials said on Tuesday.

Taliban release 235 hostages after Afghanistan 'massacre'

Taliban release 235 hostages after Afghanistan 'massacre'

The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred around 50 civilians along with Islamic State insurgents but others were still feared held, officials said on Tuesday.

Key suspect in Bangladeshi cafe attack remanded in custody

Key suspect in Bangladeshi cafe attack remanded in custody

Investigators on Sunday remanded in custody a key suspect linked to last year's deadly cafe siege in the Bangladeshi capital that left 20 civilians dead, police said.

Militants flee, hostages freed in Philippine town

Militants flee, hostages freed in Philippine town

Muslim rebels who stormed a southern Philippine town and occupied a school are on the run after freeing dozens of hostages following a day-long crisis, the military said on Wednesday.

Calls to release Australian, US hostages after Taliban threat

Calls to release Australian, US hostages after Taliban threat

A university in Afghanistan appealed to the Taliban Friday to release an American and an Australian abducted last year, after the insurgents threatened to kill foreign hostages if Kabul executes their prisoners.

Philippine troops bomb militants in southern city

Philippine troops bomb militants in southern city

Philippine security forces bombed a southern city on Thursday as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians.

Duterte warns of harsh measures as civilians flee fighting

Duterte warns of harsh measures as civilians flee fighting

Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines as troops sought to contain Islamic State-linked militants who took over large parts of a city, set building ablaze and took hostage a Catholic priest and other Christians.

Man purporting to be Boko Haram leader denies 5,000 hostages freed

Man purporting to be Boko Haram leader denies 5,000 hostages freed

A man purporting to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a video posted on social media on Friday in which he said it was not true that 5,000 people held by the group had been freed earlier in the week.