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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State Border Service Chairman Zakir Tilenov and Government's representative in Batken region Jenishbek Razakov are holding talks to release 22 Kyrgyz citizens taken hostages on the territory of Uzbekistan's Sokh enclave.
Summary: A man claiming to be a member of al Qaeda was shot and wounded by police in France after he took four hostages in a bank in Toulouse.
The police in the southwestern French city of Toulouse say that one of the four hostages held by an armed man in a bank in the city, Wednesday, who French media are reporting that he is claiming links to al Qaeda has been released.
Manila Armed tribesmen have released 12 hostages including an eight-year EoAC" old pupil, who were held hostage for six days to force authorities to release a group who were jailed earlier in 2009 also for hostage-taking, radio and TV reports said.
He held 23 students and a teacher hostage for hours before the hostages were freed and the gunman was hospitalized from a self-inflicted wound.
The prisoners released the hostages after authorities promised to meet their demands, the leftist daily AS SAFIR reported Tuesday.
Until now, Manila police had said officers did not kill any of the hostages.
Authorities sent a special police unit and hostage negotiators to the site, and the gunman gradually released most of his hostages.
A man who took hostages in a bank robbery in Athens' port of Piraeus on Monday released some of them but still held four captive, police said.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said although there was no immediate confirmation of the identity of the bodies the government's thoughts were with the families of five British hostages taken captive in Baghdad in May 2007.
Summary: The British Embassy in Baghdad said Sunday it had received a new video showing one of five British hostages seized by gunmen from Iraq's Finance Ministry nearly two years ago.
FOREIGN Secretary David Miliband has signalled that Britain would not pay a ransom for hostages, including a man from County Durham, held by pirates off the east African coast.