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# hostages - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

The Ukranian President has defended posting a film recommendation in order to end a hostage crisis

The hostage situation ended after the president posted about a documentary narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix.

# hostages - Friday 31 May, 2019

Three dead after man takes two women hostage in Zurich flat

Zurich police confirmed that three people – two women and a man – have died.

# hostages - Friday 10 May, 2019

Two French soldiers killed in operation to free four hostages in Burkina Faso

One American, one Korean and two French hostages were freed in the operation.

# hostages - Sunday 22 July, 2018

Woman killed after gunman takes hostages at Los Angeles supermarket

The gunman eventually handcuffed himself and surrendered to police.

# hostages - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Four children and suspected gunman found dead after Orlando hostage situation

The children aged one, six, 10 and 11 were found dead by officers overnight.

# hostages - Friday 23 March, 2018

Policeman critical after swapping himself for hostage as three die in France terrorist attack

The attacker had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

# hostages - Friday 2 March, 2018

Englishman who took hostages at bowling alley jailed for 12 years

David Clarke believed his ex-partner was on the premises.

# hostages - Saturday 21 October, 2017

Couple had children while being held hostage in Afghanistan as they dreamed of a big family

“We’re Irish, haha,” the father said as way of explanation.

# hostages - Saturday 14 October, 2017

Freed hostage says militants killed his infant daughter and raped his wife

Boyle provided a written statement to The Associated Press saying his family has “unparalleled resilience and determination.”

# hostages - Thursday 24 August, 2017

Hostage situation in South Carolina ends after 'disgruntled employee' shot by police

“This is not an act of terrorism,” the mayor of Charleston said.

# hostages - Thursday 1 December, 2016

Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in Florida Bank Robbery This post contains videos

Hostages rescued after standoff with gunman in Florida

A SWAT team stormed the building after the gunman was distracted by two people making a run for it.

# hostages - Thursday 7 July, 2016

Attack targets school as 250,000 prayed nearby to mark end of Ramadan

It is believed to have been carried out by Islamists.

# hostages - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

Suspect gunman 'shot dead' after workplace incident at a Walmart in Texas

Earlier reports indicated that he had captured hostages.

# hostages - Saturday 16 January, 2016

Al-Qaeda gunmen kill at least 20 people outside African hotel popular with tourists

Around 10 vehicles were on fire in the street where the four-star Splendid hotel is located in a busy, central area of Ouagadougou.

# hostages - Thursday 19 November, 2015

Islamic State group says it executed Norwegian and Chinese hostages

Photos of two bodies which appeared to be those of the men featured in the English-language magazine Dabiq.

# hostages - Saturday 24 January, 2015

Japan scrambles to verify footage of Islamic State hostage execution

It is not yet clear whether the video shows two kidnapped Japanese hostages.

# hostages - Friday 16 January, 2015

Italy denies paying €10m ransom to free young hostages

The women were kidnapped last July.

# hostages - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

Australian PM: 'I will not rest until the public is as safe as possible'

An inquiry will also take place into action by police prior to the siege.

# hostages - Thursday 29 May, 2014

Nigerian authorities 'furious' parents of four girls failed to say children had safely returned

Authorities have revised down number of girls kidnapped. There are 219 girls still missing.

# hostages - Saturday 19 April, 2014

French hostage freed from Syria says he is "very happy to be free"

Didier Francois was one of four Frenchmen kidnapped in Syria ten months ago.

# hostages - Monday 3 February, 2014

Police officer and teacher killed at Moscow school shooting

The gunman shot and killed a police officer and teacher before taking the students hostage.

# hostages - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

French hostages released after three years return to France

The four men were kidnapped in 2010 by the North African wing of al-Qaida.

# hostages - Monday 23 September, 2013

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# hostages - Saturday 24 August, 2013

40 years ago, this is how 'Stockholm Syndrome' was born

The man who took hostages in a Swedish bank in August 1973 tells his story – and how those he had taken prisoner “more or less sided with me”.

# hostages - Monday 21 January, 2013

Algeria says 37 foreigners killed in gas plant siege

The Algerian PM said some of the hostages had been executed “with a bullet to the head” as the four-day crisis ended in a bloodbath.

'They were brutally executed' - Hostages describe Algeria siege ordeal

Survivors of the four-day crisis say they were strapped to explosives while some describe finding bodies riddled with bullets, their heads half blown away by the impact.

# hostages - Saturday 19 January, 2013

Algeria: 18 killed - including seven hostages - in 'final assault'

Algerian security forces are now thought to be sweeping the gas plant to remove landmines planted around it.

Fate of foreign hostages in Algeria hangs in balance

It is believed that there are still around 10 hostages, but more workers remain unaccounted for, including 10 Japanese and eight Norwegians.

# hostages - Friday 18 January, 2013

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

# hostages - Thursday 17 January, 2013

Irish hostage released in Algeria amid conflicting reports of casualties

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the news that Stephen McFaul has been freed – but confusion remains over the fate of the other hostages.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# hostages - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

Toulouse bank raider releases one hostage

Three people are still being held hostage by the gunman at a bank branch in Toulouse.

# hostages - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning, including: more garda station closures, seven killed in US college shootings, and a new ‘flying car’ (video).

# hostages - Thursday 1 March, 2012

Gunman holds two people hostage in northern Greek factory

Two other men who were injured by the gunman have been taken to hospital.

# hostages - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Two hostages dead after pirates hijack ship off Somali coast

The Danish warship had been following the hijacked vessel for several days before attempting to board it.

# hostages - Monday 14 November, 2011

Aid workers freed in Yemen

The three French workers had been held hostage by al-Qaeda militants for six months. Meanwhile, demonstrations continue (pictured) against the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

# hostages - Monday 3 October, 2011

Three hostages killed after police station siege in Iraq

Local officials say all of the gunmen involved in the siege were killed after security forces stormed the building.

# hostages - Friday 15 April, 2011

Somali pirates take multi-million dollar ransom - but keep hostages

Pirate group deviates from own practice of ransom-then-release in retaliation for the Indian navy’s arrest of over 100 pirates.

# hostages - Tuesday 29 March, 2011

Hostage siege in Iraq government building leaves 21 dead

Men armed with guns and explosives attacked government headquarters and may have taken three council members hostage.

# hostages - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

Danish family and crew snatched by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean

The incident happened last week but the Danish government has only announced it now as they attempt to rescue the captured family and their crew.

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