Kidnappings http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/33583/all en Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap seven foreigners http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/urgent-gunmen-kidnap-six-north-nigeria-including-two-foreigners Gunmen have kidnapped seven foreigners at a Lebanese-owned construction site in northern Nigeria, and shot dead their security guard, police said on Sunday.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/urgent-gunmen-kidnap-six-north-nigeria-including-two-foreigners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bauchi State Crime Criminal law Kidnappings Nigeria AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:02:00 +0000 5758055 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Gunmen kidnap six foreigners in Nigeria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/urgent-gunmen-kidnap-six-foreigners-nigeria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gunmen who stormed an oil service ship in southern Nigeria have kidnapped six foreigners and demanded a $1.3 million ransom for their release, police told AFP.</p> <p>"Three of those abducted are from Ukraine, two from India one from Russia... One of the kidnappers called to demand the sum of 200 million naira (one million euros, $1.3 million) Bayelsa state police spokesman Fidelis Odunna said of the Sunday attack.</p> <p>joa-bs/txw</p> Crime Kidnappings AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:15:49 +0000 5760910 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ France says 'will not yield to terrorists' over hostages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/urgent-france-says-will-not-yield-terrorists-over-hostages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday that France would not give in to "terrorists" after the kidnapping of seven members of a French family in northern Cameroon.</p> <p>Seeming to exclude the possibility of paying a ransom, Fabius told the National Assembly: "We must do the maximum (to free the hostages) but nothing would be worse than yielding. We will not yield to terrorist groups."</p> <p>cr/mm/ach/lc</p> Crime Criminal law Kidnappings AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:01:18 +0000 5761148 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-spooks besiege Mozambique HQ in protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/ex-spooks-besiege-mozambique-hq-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of disgruntled former internal security agents besieged the headquarters of Mozambique's intelligence services Wednesday, demanding pensions and warning a wave of unexplained kidnappings will go unsolved without their help.</p> <p>Around 250 of the cold war veterans joined the protest to demand their pensions be paid. </p> <p>"In no other part of the world can an intelligence agent be got rid of during his lifetime," a spokesperson for the protesting secret servicemen, Adolf Beira, told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/ex-spooks-besiege-mozambique-hq-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Kidnappings Spooks AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:15:42 +0000 5761265 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 2-N.Y. 'cannibal cop' convicted of plot to kidnap women http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/update-1-new-yorks-cannibal-cop-convicted-plot-kidnap-women <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(U.S. Attorney's office corrects maximum term for lesser charge)</p> <p>By Chris Francescani</p> <p>NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - A New York City police officer was convicted of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women following a trial that shed light on an underworld of people who derive pleasure from fantasizing about cannibalism online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/update-1-new-yorks-cannibal-cop-convicted-plot-kidnap-women" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Gilberto Valle Human rights abuses Jury Kidnappings Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:45:33 +0000 5781111 at http://www.globalpost.com Kidnap threat stalks Syrians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/kidnap-threat-stalks-syrians <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Syria's residents, already terrorised by a conflict now in its third year, are also being stalked by the increasing threat of kidnap, with motives ranging from sectarianism and prisoner exchange to ransom.</p> <p>Syria's government on Tuesday offered kidnappers an amnesty deal, giving them 15 days to hand over victims or face sentences ranging from life with hard labour to execution, if their victims were murdered or sexually abused.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/kidnap-threat-stalks-syrians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Crimes Kidnappings Social Issues AFP Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:31:00 +0000 5802420 at http://www.globalpost.com Suspect in girl's kidnapping sought in Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/suspect-girls-kidnapping-sought-mexico <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Police in Baja California state are searching for a U.S. man suspected in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl in Los Angeles. An official with state police says there is strong evidence Tobias Dustin Summers could be hiding in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.</p><P>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, says police received a report that Summers was spotted in the border city's red light district.</p><P>He says police searched the area but didn't find him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/suspect-girls-kidnapping-sought-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Kidnappings Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:36:14 +0000 Asianet 5807326 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar gang free French hostage after ransom paid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130419/madagascar-gang-free-french-hostage-after-ransom-paid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kidnappers in Madagascar have freed a French executive, whom they admitted was mistakenly targeted, in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, the victim said Friday.</p> <p>Francois Raphael, director of construction firm Henri Fraise, was held for three days by four balaclava-clad, armed men who abducted him on Monday evening.</p> <p>"I was released yesterday night at around 9:30 pm (1830 GMT), I got home all right," he told AFP by telephone on Friday.</p> <p>"A ransom was paid, but you will understand that we do not want to disclose the amount."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130419/madagascar-gang-free-french-hostage-after-ransom-paid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Film Kidnappings AFP Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:00:38 +0000 5820361 at http://www.globalpost.com Police rescue New York man, held captive for a month in warehouse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130523/police-rescue-new-york-man-held-captive-month-warehouse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jonathan Allen</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police rescued a businessman from a New York City warehouse where he had been held captive for a month by kidnappers who demanded a $3 million ransom from his family in Ecuador, authorities said.</p> <p>Acting on a tip from the victim's mother, police found Pedro Portugal, 52, in the warehouse with his hands bound in cloth and duct tape. He had been abducted in the borough of Queens on April 18 by a man who approached him, flashing what looked like a police badge, prosecutors said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130523/police-rescue-new-york-man-held-captive-month-warehouse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Criminal law Human rights abuses Kidnappings Thomson Reuters Thu, 23 May 2013 18:47:14 +0000 5844866 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. man accused of kidnapping son to get another hearing in 10 days http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130529/us-man-accused-kidnapping-son-get-another-hearing-10-days <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WINNIPEG - A Colorado man accused of attacking his estranged wife and kidnapping the couple's son is to be detained in Manitoba for at least seven more days.</p> <p>The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has ruled that Monty Ray Turner, 51, must remain in custody while preparations are made for an immigration admissibility hearing on whether he should be sent back to the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130529/us-man-accused-kidnapping-son-get-another-hearing-10-days" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Human Interest Kidnappings Law Monty Ray Turner Social Issues The Canadian Press Tue, 28 May 2013 23:00:43 +0000 5847773 at http://www.globalpost.com Authorities investigate disappearance of 11 people in Mexico City http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130530/authorities-investigate-disappearance-11-people-mexico-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, May 30 (EFE).- Investigators are looking into the disappearance of 11 young people following a supposed police operation at a bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa tourist district, a Federal District Attorney's Office spokesman told Efe Thursday.</p> <p>Armed men drove the young people, including a minor and several women, away from the bar Sunday in SUVs that apparently had police logos on them, the victims' relatives told authorities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130530/authorities-investigate-disappearance-11-people-mexico-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crimes Criminal law Kidnappings Agencia EFE Thu, 30 May 2013 18:45:19 +0000 5848975 at http://www.globalpost.com Investigators have no leads on 11 missing in Mexico City http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130605/investigators-have-no-leads-11-missing-mexico-city <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Jun 4 (EFE).- Investigators have no leads on the 11 young people who went missing late last month in Mexico City and cannot even confirm that the group was taken by force, Federal District Attorney Rodolfo Rios said.</p> <p>The young people were led away from the Heavens After bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa tourist district by gunmen on May 26, relatives and a young man who managed to escape said.</p> <p>The incident did not come to light until relatives staged a protest last Wednesday, three days after the group went missing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130605/investigators-have-no-leads-11-missing-mexico-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crimes Human rights abuses Kidnappings Agencia EFE Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:39:18 +0000 5851715 at http://www.globalpost.com Prosecutors still looking for clues in mass kidnapping in Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130605/prosecutors-still-looking-clues-mass-kidnapping-mexico <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Jun 5 (EFE).- Prosecutors are still trying to determine how the young people who disappeared from a Mexico City bar last week left the establishment, Federal District Attorney Rodolfo Rios said.</p> <p>"The majority of the young people arrived at the bar in automobiles, a compact car and a taxi. That is what we know as of now," the DA said in a press conference held after a nearly three-hour meeting with the victims' relatives on Tuesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130605/prosecutors-still-looking-clues-mass-kidnapping-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Human rights abuses Kidnappings Agencia EFE Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:43:39 +0000 5851751 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia frees two kidnapped Spanish tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130616/colombia-frees-two-kidnapped-spanish-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombian police on Saturday freed two Spanish tourists who were kidnapped by criminals last month.</p> <p>The hostages were freed after a raid carried out in a rural area of northeast Colombia following an operation by a specialist anti-kidnapping unit.</p> <p>The head of the unit, Humberto Guatibonza, said the kidnappers were located after a partial ransom was paid to accomplices in Spain.</p> <p>One of the captives, Maria Concepcion Marlaska Sedano, 43, is a family member of a senior Spanish judge, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130616/colombia-frees-two-kidnapped-spanish-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Criminal law Hostage taking Kidnappings AFP Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:44:19 +0000 5857963 at http://www.globalpost.com G8 leaders agree to stamp out terror ransom payments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130618/g8-leaders-agree-stamp-out-terror-ransom-payments-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>G8 leaders have agreed to stamp out the payment of ransoms for hostages kidnapped by "terrorists", British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Tuesday.</p> <p>Downing Street said the world leaders meeting at a summit in Northern Ireland would also call on companies to follow their lead in refusing to pay for the release of abductees.</p> <p>"Leaders agree to stamp out payment of ransoms to terrorists and call on companies to follow their lead," Cameron's office said on its Twitter feed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130618/g8-leaders-agree-stamp-out-terror-ransom-payments-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Hostage taking Kidnappings AFP Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:04:13 +0000 5859890 at http://www.globalpost.com