Hostages


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Hostages

Persons taken by an individual or organized group in order to force a state, government unit, or community to meet certain conditions: payment of ransom, release of prisoners, or some other act.The taking of hostages, whether during wartime or periods of peace, is generally condemned under International Law.

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Asked if the captors seemed to be preparing to start killing the hostages, Politkovskaya said they told her: "We're going to wait only a little while".
The decision to storm the building came when the rebels executed two hostages, said Russian federal security service spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko.
Five of the hostages -- three women and two children -- were released early.
But the sight of enemies holding children hostages was too much for Buada to bear.
When an officer entered the ACU branch, he encountered hostages and Collins standing on a stairwell with a male hostage in front of him.
The hostage-taker opened fire as the police raided the house where he was lodged with his hostages,
According to the media statement, Taliban claimed that soon a video of hostages will be released in this regard.
ISLAMABAD -- The release of two more Ukrainian hostages from Russian imprisonment will lead to implementation of Minsk agreement and resolution of the dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
The hostages look for the Swan Rider to arrive and take the hostage--for that individual to disappear and another to take her or his place.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- On the anniversary of the kidnapping of 46 Turkish citizens by the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last year from Turkey's Consulate General in Mosul, a number of questions remain unanswered, including what sort of price Turkey has paid to get the hostages freed without bloodshed or a ransom payment.
A source in contact with ISIS militants in Qalamoun said the group denied having transferred their Lebanese hostages to Syria's eastern province of Raqqa.
This is the longest period of captivity endured by any hostages taken by Somali pirates.