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January 14, 2019 More
A suicide truck bomber detonated a VBIED outside the heavily fortified Green Village compound located in Kabul’s 9th district. Following the explosion, five gunmen attempted to storm the compound, which contains the offices of several international companies and NGOs. Five people were killed in the attack and 110 were wounded. The VIBD blast reportedly collapsed the blast walls where the VBIED exploded and the buildings within the complex have been damaged. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 31, 2016 More
A 32-year-old Kyrgyz entrepreneur from Osh region was freed during a coordinated rescue and several of his kidnappers were arrested. According to the businessman he was held for ransom. According to the department, the Kyrgyzstan national was held captive by citizens of Tajikistan for 10 days. After arriving home, he was hospitalized with multiple injuries, bruises and a concussion. In December 2016, the businessman reportedly went to Tajik Khujand to sell his car with the help of a friend. However, the latter took the Kyrgyzstani hostage, tortured, and demanded from his family US$ 23,000. (eng.24.kg,, January 8, 2017)
December 30, 2016 More
Kano-based businessman, Alhaji Ismaila Zubairu, was kidnapped in Kogi State on December 30, 2016. A family source said the kidnappers contacted them on January 5, 2017, demanding N150m ransom in order to free the businessman. “The unidentified caller pleaded with the head of the family to cooperate with the abductors, so as to secure freedom for the breadwinner of the family  His wife, Hajiya Asabe, expressed delight that her husband is still alive and begged for intensified efforts for him to be saved as soon as possible.( informationng.com, January 9, 2017)
October 26, 2016 More
A military captain and his accomplices were arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killing of Deniel Weldo, an Eritrean businessman, with the intention of stealing 2 million euros from his bank account. According to police, the trio duped Weldo, a former South Sudan businessman, that they would help him to get a visa to Germany where he could move his business. Police said Weldo was reported missing on October 27, 2016. The suspects connived with two local banks and transferred Weldo's money. Weldo was the second Eritrean to be targeted by criminals this year, although the first one survived and his money was never withdrawn. Weldo was a 32-year- old man who operated his business from South Sudan. Police said the Eritrean envoy and Weldo's relatives presented his cell phone and other documents which they used to extract call printouts from local telecom companies.(tesfanews.net) 
June 27, 2016 More
The 28-year-old son of sugar wholesaler Purshottam Rathi was kidnapped on June 28, 2016. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of 3 crore (about USD $460,000). Ankit was on his way home to Salisbury Park on his motorcycle after closing his office in Hadapsar when five men traveling by a car intercepted and kidnapped him near Command Hospital on June 27, 2016.Ankit said that the kidnappers had covered his face with a cloth and slapped him repeatedly to make him sit in their car. He said his father told the kidnappers he couldn’t pay that much but he could pay them Rs 10 lakh which he had at the moment. Police said that the kidnap plan was hatched by the father’s accountant who had worked for him for two years. Police said they spotted the young man and the kidnappers in a car parked in a suspicious manner in Yavat and arrested the suspects and rescued Ankit. (indiatimes.com, June 29, 2016)
May 29, 2016 More
A trader was kidnapped when he was going home in the Killi Anzargai Karez area in Chaman on May 29, 2016, and the kidnappers demanded Rs20 million (about USD $173,000) for his release. A joint operation among law enforcement agencies found the 36 kidnappers on May 31 and recovered the victim, Abdul Nafey, on the outskirts of Chaman. (dawn.com, June 1, 2016)
May 24, 2016 More
Motorcycle-borne armed criminals made a daring attempt to kidnap Dr Pravin Kumar Jha, a senior resident doctor at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, while he was returning from his clinic in Bihar. They assaulted his driver, but the doctor managed to escape. The doctor said that he was returning from his clinic at Paliganj in Patna district on May 24, 2016, when he saw six persons on two motorcycles chasing his car. Suspecting foul play, the doctor asked the driver to slow down the vehicle near Dulhin Bazar police station and sneaked out of it in the darkness. The criminals soon arrived there and assaulted the driver Mithilesh Kumar with the pistol butts. (indiatoday.com, May 25, 2016) The doctor’s compounder – an assistant who dispenses medicines and handles other duties -- Rajiv Kumar had personal enmity with some people which may have been behind the assault, police said.  (no source available, May 25, 2016)
May 24, 2016 More
Once again, Mukesh Pathak, the primary suspect in the murder case of two engineers in Darbhanga, targeted a junior engineer of the rural works department of Chakiya Nand Kishore Sharma. He told the engineer to pay Rs15 lakh (about USD $23,000) or he would be killed. The junior engineer lodged a complaint and Chakiya police were directed on May 25, 2016, to investigate. (indiatimes.com, May 25, 2016)
May 24, 2016 More
Criminals have targeted another physician, Dr Hemant Verma, demanding Rs 1 crore (about USD $150,000) ransom. The city-based child specialist, whose clinic is near Gayatri Mandir in Kankarbagh, reported this to police on May 24, 2016. Police said the resident of Kankarbagh area received an SMS from an unknown number and the sender threatened hi demanding the ransom. The sender's number was on police surveillance and all the other aspects of the case were being investigated. (indiatimes.com, May 25, 2016)
May 17, 2016 More
An elderly couple has been cheated out of HK$100,000 (USD $12,880) in the latest case of a telephone scam in Hong Kong. According to a complaint filed with the police, an 81-year-old woman received a call on May 17, 2016, from a man who claimed to have kidnapped her son. (ejinsight.com, May 18, 2016) 
May 15, 2016 More
A gang of five kidnapped businessman Lalitkumar Agarwal, 46, on May 15, 2016 and demanded a ransom of Rs35 crore (about USD $5 million). The gang released him after police formed three teams and raided a house in which he had been confined. Agarwal is owner of Teaco (India) Ltd on Narol-Sarkhej road. Police said the firm is known for marketing Nandan Tea. arrested an RPF constable and a priest, two of the five that had abducted Agarwal.  Police also arrested a housewife for providing logistics to the kidnappers. Agarwal, a resident of Maninagar, was getting calls since May 6 where the callers identified themselves as CBI officials. (indiatimes.com, May 15, 2016)
May 12, 2016 More
The father of a well-known contractor in the town was reportedly abducted by Maoists from a farmhouse at Malipada village under Tadama panchayat late May 12, 2016. (orissapost.com, May 13, 2016)
May 12, 2016 More
The 20-year-old son of a leading leading Wariyapola businessman was kidnapped on May 12, 2016, and an organised extortion ring demanded Rs. 20 million (about USD $ 130,000) for his release. According to police sources, a team of officers specialising in investigating extortionists was deployed to rescue the youth. Residents told police that a group of persons in a white van blocked the road when the youth was coming to his house to bring lunch for the employees of his father’s business establishment and forcibly pushed him into the vehicle. The gang threatened to kill the youth if the ransom was not paid. (dailynews.lk, May 14, 2016)The 20-year-old son of a leading leading Wariyapola businessman was kidnapped on May 12, 2016, and an organised extortion ring demanded Rs. 20 million (about USD $ 130,000) for his release. According to police sources, a team of officers specialising in investigating extortionists was deployed to rescue the youth. Residents told police that a group of persons in a white van blocked the road when the youth was coming to his house to bring lunch for the employees of his father’s business establishment and forcibly pushed him into the vehicle. The gang threatened to kill the youth if the ransom was not paid. (dailynews.lk, May 14, 2016)
May 12, 2016 More
A Chennai-based pawn broker and his friend were abducted in Maharashtra on May 12, 2016. While the abductors were arrested and handed over to the Maharashtra police, the two rescued men were brought back to the city. According to the police, Sohan Lal, 43, a pawn broker from Kanathur along the East Coast Road, had gone to Maharashtra with his friend Sashi Kumar, 41, a real estate agent. A sculptor pledged his jewels with Sohan Lal to tide over his financial problems and lured Sohan Lal to visit Maharashtra to meet his clients who wanted to buy 100 acres of land to build a temple.Men who joined them beat the victims and then called Sohan Lal’s relative and  demanded Rs. 30 lakh (about USD $46,000) as ransom. On May 15, the abductors came to a spot where they had agreed to meet Sohan Lal’s relatives. To prevent them from escaping, the Chennai police team, rammed their vehicle into the car in which the abductors tried to flee. (thehindu.com, May 19, 2016)  
May 04, 2016 More
A gang posed as policemen to kidnap a 33-yeaqr-old businessman and threatened to kill him, according to court reports. The kidnappers handcuffed and blindfolded the victim and took him to a trailer park. The man, who lived in the Oswestry-Welshpool area of mid-Wales held for four hours. One kidnapper was accused of collecting a ransom of at least £11,000, possibly almost £20,000, from the man’s mother. The group were sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison. (mirror.co.uk, May 4, 2016)
May 01, 2016 More
The body of a 15-year-old who was kidnapped for ransom in the Nalanda district, Bihar State on May 1, was found in neighboring Jehanabad district. (business-standard.com, May 4,2016)
April 30, 2016 More
A second-year student of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) was kidnapped on his way home from Gangasheel Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in Bareilly on April 30, 2016. According to authorities, his father Dr Hakim Singh received a ransom call from an unidentified number May 4. The kidnapper asked Dr, Singh to arrange for Rs 1 crore (more than USD $150,000) by May 5 in exchange for his son’s release. (indianexpress.com, May 6, 2016)
April 29, 2016 More
Two Harmoti based businessmen, Basat Nayak, age 46, and Kamal Kishore Joshi, age 44, were abducted from Nirjuli when they came to attend pre-May Day celebration on April 29, 2016, according to police. The men were rescued on April 30 and suspect was arrested. Two escaped. Police said that abductors demanded a ransom of 3 lakhs (about USD $4,600). After intercepting the calls, they found the location. (arunachaltimes.in, May 2, 2016)
April 15, 2016 More
Aryan Kansal, age 11, was kidnapped from a park at RV Shanti Nagar locality of Jaitu town on April 15, 2016, by Shiv Kumar Goyal, a close relative of the family who allegedly masterminded the kidnapping for ransom, according to authorities. He returned home on April 20, after the family reportedly paid ransom for his release. (hindustantimes.com, April 22, 2016)
April 09, 2016 More
Three gunmen attempted to kidnap singer-songwriter, Lupillo Rivera, on April 9, 2016, at fair in Petlalcingo in the central state of Puebla. Two aides were captured by the gunmen, while Rivera escaped. The attempt occurred at the end of the show as Rivera and staff boarded a vehicle to travel to Mexico City. Three men arrived and began shouting they wanted to kidnap Rivera and he sought refuge in the clubhouse of other performers, the band Los Recoditos. The authorities conducted a search for the attackers and hostages, who were found in an area of ​​Acatlan de Osorio. (telemundo47.com)
April 06, 2016 More
One of some two dozens Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq this December has been freed along with an Asian who accompanied the trip, the peninsular nation’s foreign ministry said April 6, 2016. Authorities offered no details regarding their release, and didn't give any clue as to which group was behind the mass abduction in Iraq’s Muthana province, some 370 kilometers (230 miles) southeast of the capital, Baghdad. Qatari government officials declined to elaborate. Iraq’s interior ministry didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Gunmen stormed the desert camp near the Saudi border used by the falconry hunters at dawn on Dec. 16, 2015, kidnapping those there. Their identities remain unclear, though a December statement by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the hostages included children. (wsj.com, April 6, 2016)
April 05, 2016 More
A 17-year-old boy was abducted and allegedly murdered by two of his friends, including a minor, who demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore (about USD $150,000) from the victim’s father. The two accused were held on April 5, 2016..
March 27, 2016 More
A Kharghar resident and jeweler, Laxman Devkar lodged a complaint on March 27, 2016, alleging that his son Pravin (34) and his friend were kidnapped by two men. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, March 29, 2016)
March 26, 2016 More
Ten Indonesian tugboat crewmembers were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines on the weekend of March 26, 2016, officials in Manila said late on March 28. Military officials said the kidnappers demanded an undisclosed ransom amount from the boat's owners. The boat was on its way from Jakarta to Manila when it was hijacked near the Malaysian border. Abu Sayyaf, known for kidnappings, beheadings, bombings and extortion, is one of the most hardline militant groups in the Muslim south of the largely Christian Philippines. (Source unavailable, March 28, 2016)
March 26, 2016 More
The 10 Indonesian hostages kidnapped by Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants on March 26, 2016 -- when their coal vessel was sailing in Philippine waters – were released, unharmed, on Sunday (May 1, 2016). Media said that tug boat operator Patria Maritime Lines agreed to pay the 50 million-peso (approx. USD $1 million) ransom. The sailors were abducted from the Brahma 12 tugboat and the Anand 12 barge in the waters off the southern Philippines in March. The barge was carrying 7,000 tons of coal. A person claiming to be a member of Abu Sayyaf Islamist contacted the ship owners demanding a ransom, Indonesian officials said. (CNN, May 1, 2016)
March 24, 2016 More
Three suspected kidnappers were killed on March 25, 2016, in a bid to recover a businessman abducted, along with his family, on March 24. The owner of Pakland Cement and his wife and 2-year-old daughter, as they were travelling in their car on Khayaban-e-Iqbal in Darakshan, were kidnapped when armed men stopped their car and shifted them into their own vehicle. The kidnappers demanded Rs25 million as ransom. The victims’ family sought help from authorities, which managed to trace the whereabouts of the kidnappers, who opened fire, said an official. In the exchange of fire, three suspects were killed. (tribune.com.pk, March 27, 2016)
March 23, 2016 More
According to Tajik government sources, gunmen from Afghanistan kidnapped two Tajik road workers and wounded another on March 23 in an area adjacent to the border between the two countries.  The attack, blamed by the regional government on drug smugglers, took place near the  southeastern town of Shuro-obod and prompted a temporary closure of the main road connecting Tajikistan and China. The impoverished former Soviet republic routinely reports incidents related to drug smugglers crossing its border with Afghanistan. (reuters.com, March 25, 2016)
March 19, 2016 More
The 24-year-old daughter of a retired deputy superintendent of police from Border Security Force was kidnapped by unidentified men in Hisar on March 19, 2016. (hindustantimes.com, March 20, 2016)
March 17, 2016 More
A Filipino-Chinese trader was kidnapped March 17, 2016, in Angeles City and released by his captors on March 19, a police source confirmed. The victim was in front of his hardware store in Barangay Malabanias when he was grabbed. No explanation for the release was available. (abs-cbn.com, March 19, 2016)
March 16, 2016 More
The body of a kidnapped 15-year-old boy was found, left behind by the kidnapper at a hotel, according to officials. He was allegedly murdered by kidnappers in Hyderabad after his parents failed to pay a ransom of Rs 10 crores (about USD $150,000). His body was later found in a box near Secunderabad railway station.  (deccanchronicle.com, March 17, 2016)
March 15, 2016 More
A 6-year-old boy, kidnapped on March 15, 2016, from his house  was returned home safely on March 17, police reported. Police said a crack team secured the child’s release from village Digner and arrested four members of the kidnapping gang. (sakshipost.com, March 20, 2016)
March 15, 2016 More
Two police officers are suspected of being members of a gang that kidnapped a 15-year-old female teenager on February 23, 2016 and held her for ransom.  According to unofficial information, one million pesos (about USD$1,650) was paid for the release of the teenager, who is a native of Maipú community in greater Santiago and a daughter of a brewing company owner. The family had not reported the kidnapping because they thought they had already spoken with police, due to the two suspects interviewing them. Secrecy has surrounded much of the case. (jornadaonline.com, 26 February 2016)
March 14, 2016 More
A maid kidnapped the youngest daughter of Balaram Pandey, the youngest daughter of her employer, for ransom on March 14, 2016. In a late night drama, the Metropolitan Police Ranger freed the girl from a Chabahil-based guest house. The arrest of the man also led to the maid, the mastermind behind the kidnapping. Police said the maid was playing peek-a-boo with the girl in front of the house and lured her into going to Koteshwor by bus. (thehimalayantimes.com, March 16, 2016)
March 12, 2016 More
A 14-year-old boy was kidnapped from Bukhari Commercial area on March 12. They originally asked for Rs 10 million in ransom for the boy, named Kashan, but reduced the demand to 3.5 million. After payment, Kashan was released but authorities raided a flat in Gulshan local area and arrested one suspect. Kashan was a student at Beacon House School and sources informed media that the kidnappers had also used Whatsapp to contact his friends to invite them to a party in the Defense Housing Area (DHA).  But the gang was arrested before it. (arynews.tv, March 16, 2016)
March 12, 2016 More
A 24-year-old man was kidnapped for ransom on March 12, 2016, in streets of Cultures colony of Mexico, Chalco, and he was forced into a compact vehicle. He was found and released in a building located on Calle San Felipe, in the New Colonia San Antonio in Chalco, police said. (informador.com.mx, March 13, 2016)
March 12, 2016 More
An 8-year-old boy was kidnapped in Banar area of the city on March 12, 2016, when he was going to school with his sister. About three hours later, his father received a ransom call from the kidnappers demanding Rs 1.5 crore. Police started an investigation of business rivalry and family feud, they said. According to police officials, the boy was going to school with his sister and a car intercepted them. They lured Mukesh with toffee into the car. The sister immediately told her father. The kidnappers called the father, a property dealer, and demanded Rs 1.5 crore as ransom. (indiatimes.com, March 13, 2016)
March 12, 2016 More
Armed men kidnapped a 24-year-old man and demanded an unknown ransom, according to his family. He was freed when four of the kidnappers – one of whom was an ex-Federal policeman – were arrested. The kidnapping took place in the streets of Chalco, a Cultures colony community. According to government authorities, elements of the Office of Justice of Mexico City arrested the suspects in and freed the man from a building located on Calle San Felipe, in the new colony of San Antonio, in Chalco. No specific dates were published. (informador.com.mx)
March 06, 2016 More
A 37-year-old woman, identified only by initials, was kidnapped in Beirut, presumably for ransom, but was found was found handcuffed and injured. Three Lebanese men were arrested, according to security forces. The victim lives in Barbour and was freed from a vehicle owned by one of the kidnappers, which contained USD$2,800 and LL70,000 (about USD$46). (dailystar.com.lb, March 6, 2016)
March 03, 2016 More
Two brothers kidnapped their employer and demanded a ransom of Rs 3 lakh from his wife, police said. The man, an owner of a mobile sales and services store, was rescued from their rented house in Basavapura where they held him hostage. The two had stolen some cash from the store, but when confronted by their employer they promised to return the money in installments. When they failed to do so, he threatened to report them to the police. The brothers decided to abduct him and demand more money from his wife, polic said. (nyoooz.com, 3 March 2016)
March 02, 2016 More
Hussein Hobeish, a 63-year-old doctor, was kidnapped in the city of Benghazi. Talking to rporters from the family in Beirut, Lebanon, the victim’s brother said that his family  lost contact with Hussein, days before they received a phone call from an unidentified caller informing them that "Hussein will remain in captivity until the 'Captain' is released." The family received two pictures of Hussein, one of which showed him blindfolded. He was reportedly holding a placard in both photos which read: "Dr. Hussein Hobeish, Marjayoun, Shiite Muslim, March 3, 2016." Hobeish joined two other abducted Lebanese in Libya who had reportedly been kidnapped in December 2015 from the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Two videos of Mohammad Mustafa Toufic Nazha and his brother Khaled Mustafa Toufic Nazha emerged. They are from Minyeh, near the northern city of Tripoli. (libyaherald.com, March 17, 2016)
February 28, 2016 More
A six-year-old boy student of SBOA School, Anna Nagar was kidnapped for ransom on February 28, 2016, by two persons from outside his apartment in Thirumangalam. The boy was rescued after six hours and one of the kidnappers arrested, police said. (newindianexpress.com, February 29, 2016)
February 28, 2016 More
Men posing as police kidnapped a storeowner on February 28, 2016, and held him in Surjani Town, just north of New Karachi, according to security forces. The man stated that the kidnappers came to his store in Shadman Town and abducted him after verifying that he was the owner. He said the kidnappers demanded a ransom of 2 million rupees (nearly 20,000 U.S. dollars), which they reduced to 500,000 rupees (about 4,500) following negotiations. Real police rescued him and killed five kidnappers. Officials stated that those who were killed were part of a gang that carried out short-term kidnappings and were suspected in four recent kidnap-for-ransom cases in Karachi. The alleged gang leader escaped. (No source identified, March 3, 2016)
February 28, 2016 More
A store owner was kidnapped on February 28, 2016, when men came to his store in Shadman Town, posed as police officers, and abducted him after verifying that he was the owner, he said. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of 2 million rupees  (nearly USD $18,000) which they reduced to 500,000 rupees following negotiations. During the rescue operation, security forces killed five kidnappers. Officials stated that those who were killed were part of a gang that carried out short-term kidnappings and was suspected in four recent kidnap-for-ransom cases in Karachi. The alleged gang leader escaped and is at large. (source unknown, March 3, 2016)
February 27, 2016 More
A school teacher was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint by unidentified persons when he was returning home in KunjpurKotwali Sakeet village here, police said. (indianexpress.com, February 28, 2016) 
February 26, 2016 More
A 2-year-old child and a teenaged boy were kidnapped by a gang from Qala-e-Boost and Safian areas of Lashkargah the capital of the southern part of Helmand province. Police said that the kidnappers demanded a large ransom from the families of the hostages, but did not say how much. The Afghan intelligence operatives conducted a special military operation to rescue the two. At least four kidnappers were arrested by the intelligence operatives during the raid. (khaama.com, February 27, 2016)
February 26, 2016 More
February 24, 2016 More
Gunmen kidnapped Christian Michael Morman, the German manager of the Penthouse Hotel in Angeles, while he was riding through the city with his girlfriend and driver on February 24, 2016. (sunstar.com.ph, February 27, 2016)
February 22, 2016 More
Delhi Police constable Ravinder Dhaka, 28, was kidnapped on February 22, 2016, He was taken from near his home in Chandi Nagar area of Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 20 lakh (nearly USD $308,000) for his release. Police say they questioned Ravinder’s cousin Satyaveer and neighbor Sukrampal, who had met the constable outside his house. Police said Sudhir claimed both the ransom calls were made from Ravinder’s cell phone (indianexpress.com, February 24, 2016)
February 21, 2016 More
A hostage was released from the restive Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan with the interference of the Afghan intelligence operatives as the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $US1 million for his release. (khaama.com, February 22, 2016)
February 20, 2016 More
Two-and-half-year-old Mohammad Faiyaz, son of the renowned brass exporter Faizul Rehman, was kidnapped on February 20, 2016, for an alleged ransom of Rs 10 lakh. He was rescued by police from inside Magazine Colony of Rampur district on February 21. Faiyaz was abducted from outside a banquet hall at Nagfani locality when he was brought by his minder to buy chocolates. The minder informed the family that two unidentified assailants kidnapped the boy and escaped. (indiatimes.com, February 21, 2016)
February 20, 2016 More
A former Australian rugby league star, Jamal Idris, was kidnapped in Ho Chi Minh City on February 20, 2016, but escaped. The 25-year-old, who is currently without an NRL club, was on a holiday tour when he became separated from his group. According to a media report, violent kidnappers attacked him and tried to extort money from him. Idris escaped and immediately contacted his family, who informed federal authorities. The former Penrith center is on an indefinite break from the game after being granted a release from the Panthers in November 2015 on compassionate grounds. (theguardian.com, February 21, 2016)
February 18, 2016 More
A13-year-old boy was kidnapped on February 18, 2016 close to his school and 23 lakh in ransom was collected from his father. Police on February 28 rescued the boy in Meerut. They said they arrested three accused and recovered part of the ransom. (indianexpress.com, February 29, 2016)
February 18, 2016 More
Police arrested a 19-year old man on February 18, 2016, for allegedly abducting his ex-employer's 11-year-old son and demanding a ransom of Rs5 lakh (about USD $7,700) from the family. The accused wanted to flee to his native place after getting the ransom money and lead a lavish life there, the police said. (dnaindia.com,February 20, 2016)
February 15, 2016 More
Lalji Patel, 37, who owns a plastic material manufacturing unit in Hadmtala village near Rajkot, was kidnapped from New Delhi airport on February 15, 2016. Police said told media that Patel was lured by some persons from Haryana who promised him plastic granules at less than market price. The kidnappers called his family and demanded Rs 20 lakh ransom to release him. He was rescued in Haryana in the afternoon, police said. (indiatimes.com, February 16, 2016)
February 14, 2016 More
Twenty-year-old Omar Carlo Masdal, the nephew of a former commander of the Moro National Liberation Front was kidnapped in Buanza village, Indanan, Sulu, on February 14, 2016. The kidnapper, according to police, was Abdel dela Cruz. The military and police say Dela Cruz is the leader of the Ajang-Ajang group who has close links with the sub-leaders of the Abu Sayyaf. Masdal was a student from the Sulu State College and reportedly a nephew of the late MNLF commander Habier Malik, according to police. They said they think the youth, Masdal, was mistaken for a relative of a wealthier family member. Malik, the right-hand man of MNLF founder Nur Misuari, led the bloody Zamboanga City siege in 2014. Months later, the MNLF announced Malik’s death. (thestandard.com.ph, February 12, 2016)
February 14, 2016 More
The 20-year-old nephew of a former commander of the Moro National Liberation Front was kidnapped on February 14, 2016, by members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, according to police. The college student was abducted from Buanza village, Indanan, Sulu, and was released on February 20. Police said the young man was mistaken for a member of a wealthy family. (thestandard.com.ph, February 21, 2016)
February 13, 2016 More
Osama Mouawad, who had last been seen leaving his home as he was going to work on his farmland, was kidnapped by five men on the morning of February 13, 2016. He was abducted in the Mount Lebanon district of Jbeil. The vehicle belonging to Mouawad was discovered on the side of a road in the town of Gharzouz. The kidnappers called his wife and demanded $1 million for the release of the real estate trader, police said. He was freed by police in the Mount Lebanon town of Yahshoush and the kidnappers were arrested. (no source available, February 13, 2016)
February 13, 2016 More
Security forces freed real estate trader Osama Mouawad on February 13, 2016, after his kidnapping from the Mount Lebanon district of Jbeil earlier in the day. Five kidnappers were arrested. Mouawad was last seen leaving his home as he was going to work on his farm. The vehicle belonging to Mouawad was discovered on the side of a road in the town of Gharzouz. Police said kidnappers demanded $1 million in ransom. (n/a, February 13, 2016)
February 12, 2016 More
A former Afghan governor was kidnapped from upscale district in Islamabad on Feb. 12, 2016 and was freed on February 26 after a shoot-out with police. He told authorities he could not identify the men who abducted him. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi said he was being transported by his kidnappers, blindfolded, when they were stopped at a police checkpoint in Mardan, near Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar. Gunfire rang out, he said, and the three men holding him ran away. The kidnappers did not talk about their demands and they did not put me in contact with his family, he said. He said they had treated him well, adding they had not tortured him and fed him regularly. Afghanistan had summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul to its foreign ministry and expressed “serious concerns” over the kidnapping. Kabul had fraught relations with Islamabad, which it blamed for sponsoring Taliban militants fighting an ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. A statement from the Afghan Foreign Ministry on February 26 said it appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in freeing Wahidi, adding it considered cooperation on such issues between both countries as necessary. (arabnews.com, February 27, 2016)
February 10, 2016 More
Two laborers were kidnapped for ransom on February 10, by five armed men. They were grabbed at a worksite near Buongbal village in Singngat sub-division. The family said the kidnappers demanded Rs 50 lakh (about USD $770,000) for their safe release. Muanlianthang Ekpau, 40, and Ginsuanmang Ginlam, 40, were reportedly taken to a secluded hut after walking on foot for four consecutive days.  The duo was dropped-off February 19 at Sungnu bus parking at Rengkai Road, after which they contacted their families. (thesangaiexpress.com, February 19, 2016)
February 10, 2016 More
Snapdeal exeutive Deepti Sarna, 23, was abducted on February 10, 2016 while returning home from the Vaishali Metro station. On February 12, she called her father and told him that she had managed to flee from her abductors and had reached the New Delhi Railway Station. She managed to reach home from Haryana where she had been taken, police said. Police are screening the executive's personal life and friend circle. Top police sources said they are focusing on her former boyfriend and the present one whom she called when kidnapped. (newkerala.com, February 12, 2016)
February 10, 2016 More
A 21-year-old woman was abducted by three gunmen from her house on February 10, 2016, according to police. The family reported that the kidnappers contacted the them by phone and demanded Rs4 million (about USD$36,000) as ransom. They also threatened the family to immediately arrange the cash and hand it over to them at a specific location. (nation.com.pk, February 11, 2016)
February 10, 2016 More
Police kidnapped a citizen known as Naeem from the airport and have been kidnapping citizens for ransom in Malir Khokhra Par area of Karachi, a media outlet rep, orts. According to the report, he was put behind bars and a ransom of 200,000 rupees (about USD$1,800) was demanded from Naeem’s family. The police and the ASI finalized the ransom amount of one hundred and thirty thousand rupees for which the latter received advance fifty thousand rupees payment. one police official had a business dispute with Naeem, the report said. The police involved were arrested. (dunyanews.tv, February 10, 2016)
February 09, 2016 More
Sengsram Marak, who teaches in a school at his native village Dobakdrop in the West Khasi Hills district was kidnapped by heavily-armed men on February 9, 2016. A search operation was launched immediately, and two persons were picked up from neighboring Malangkona village, police said. One person was arrested, and the teacher was rescued from Nonghawei area. (thestatesman.com, February 10, 2016)
February 09, 2016 More
An Iranian truck driver was kidnapped in February 2016 from a cemetery neighborhood in the Zaranj town. Police told reporters on March 9 that the driver, who was introduced as Seyed Reza, was kidnapped by unidentified armed men after he came out of a public bath in the town. (irna.ir, March 10, 2016)
February 08, 2016 More
The mother of the Taraba State Deputy Governor, Hajiya Hauwa-Belli Manu, was abducted on February 8, 2016, and kidnappers demanded N300 million. (about $350,000). Government officials said that the elderly woman was taken away by gunmen from the family home of the deputy governor. A member of said they spoke with their mother and with the kidnappers through the phones they stole from the house.  (Newsbreakers.ng) The woman was freed on February 11. (allafrica.com)
February 06, 2016 More
Two sons of an ex-army officer were kidnapped by unidentified men in Lahore on February 6, 2016.  Major General Chaudhry Ahmed Khan said his 34-year-old son Hammad and his family lived on the Sarfaraz Rafi­qui Road. He said that on February 6 a group of men came to Hammad’s house and knoc­ked at the door pretending to be his friends. Hammad came out to see them but did not return. He said that his younger son Nauman had gone to his Walton Road office and did not return. Police said they were searching for the men. (tribune.com.pk, February 9, 2016 and dawn.com, February 10, 2016)
February 06, 2016 More
Six armed men kidnapped two fishermen and their boss on the weekend of February 6, 2016, off the island province of Basilan, in the troubled Muslim south. The fishermen were released, but their employer remained missing, according to police. The captors demanded a ransom of P1 million (around USD$20,000). The freed men appeared at a coast guard station in nearby Sulu and, at first, told authorities their boat had capsized. They said they lied because they were unsure whether Sulu’s capital, Jolo, was a “safe place.” After being sent to the predominantly Christian city of Zamboanga, they admitted that they had been kidnapped. Authorities suspected the gunmen were connected to the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants. Kidnap-for-ransom gangs frequently operate in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the island provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi. They use isolated sea-lanes and coastal areas to grab their victims, who are then held captive in isolated villages in the peninsula. (newsfultoncounty.com, January 10, 2016)
February 05, 2016 More
Police were looking for four laborers who were reportedly kidnapped by suspected militants from Zalembung village area under Lungchong Meiphai in Manipur. The abduction took place on February 5, 2016, according to reports. The laborers were working the construction of Sanakeithel-Leisan road. Cadres from a militant outfit are alleged to have abducted them for ransom. Whereabouts of the four were still unknown since their abduction from the work site. Sources informed police that the outfit wants a large amount of money from the contractor. (thesangaiexpress.com, March 7, 2016)
January 30, 2016 More
Police on January 28, 2016, confirmed the kidnap of three housewives at Dorayi village in Zaria Local Government Area of the state.(ngrguardiannews.com)
January 29, 2016 More
A gang demanded Tk 5.5 lakh (about USD $6,600) ransom from a family, claiming to have kidnapped their 11-year-old child on January 29 from Keraniganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The boy, son of an expatriate living in Kuwait, went been missing at around noon. The fifth-grader went out after prayers at Mugarchar in Keraniganj but did not return home, his grandfather told police. He said someone texted a cell phone, saying that the boy had been kidnapped. This happened on the day the bodies of three kidnapped children were recovered in Tangail and Rangpur. Police said the child’s family might have known the kidnappers. They launched a drive to rescue the child, he said, adding that the phone number used to text the message had been found switched off. (thedailystar.ne, January 31, 2016)
January 29, 2016 More
A gang demanded Tk 5.5 lakh (about USD $6,600) ransom from a family, claiming to have kidnapped their 11-year-old child on January 29 from Keraniganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The boy, son of an expatriate living in Kuwait, went been missing at around noon. The fifth-grader went out after prayers at Mugarchar in Keraniganj but did not return home, his grandfather told police. He said someone texted a cell phone, saying that the boy had been kidnapped. This happened on the day the bodies of three kidnapped children were recovered in Tangail and Rangpur. Police said the child’s family might have known the kidnappers. They launched a drive to rescue the child, he said, adding that the phone number used to text the message had been found switched off. (thedailystar.ne, January 31, 2016)
January 27, 2016 More
The Odiologbo of Olomoro Kingdom, HRM Josaih Umukoro Aghaza 1, who was kidnapped January 27, 2016, has been released by his abductors.
January 21, 2016 More
Businessman Raji Chamoun was kidnapped in the area of Souq al-Ahad in Beirut on January 21, 2016 and freed the next day by authorities. One of his kidnappers, a 30-year-old Lebanese, was arrested in an ambush on the abductors' way to Bekaa. The abductors asked for a one million dollar ransom, they said. (naharnet.com, January 22, 2016)
January 21, 2016 More
Lebanese officials issued a statement reporting that kidnapped businessman Raji Chamoun was released and one of his kidnappers was arrested in an ambush on the abductors' way to Bekaa. (nna-leb.gov.lb, January 22, 2016)
January 19, 2016 More
Gunmen kidnapped a 4-year-old boy on January 19, 2016, in Marafa Estate of Kaduna metropolis.The boy was the son of the orderly to former vice president, Namadi Sambo. The father, Sergeant Mahmood Mohammed, told the media that the abductor had first picked up his six-year-old daughter and his son from their Marafa estate residence, but later dropped off his daughter along Sultan road and went away with the son and no one had had any contact with the kidnappers.(scannews.com, February 5, 2016)
January 19, 2016 More
Fazal Mohammad, son of Khan Mohammad, was kidnapped in Kohat for ransom on January 19, 2016, according to law enforcement authorities, by Khushi Mohammad. The kidnapper demanded Rs 10 million (nearly USD $87,000) for Fazal’s release. The counter-terrorism unit of Pakistan arrested Khushi Mohammad on March 1, 2016 and freed Fazal. Officials said they conducted a search operation in the area and managed to arrest the accused. Khushi was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. (tribune.com.pk, March 2, 2016)
January 19, 2016 More
An 85-year-old farmer, Gabriel Oloro, was intercepted and kidnapped in the Ikere Ekiti LGA area of Ekiti State, while driving home with his wife on January 19, 2016.(dailytrust.ng)
January 19, 2016 More
The 4-year-old grandson of immediate past Lagos State Commissioner for Rural Development Cornelius Ojelabi was kidnapped on January 19, 2016, by an unidentified woman. The parents of Michael Oluwatomiyin Ojelabi said they did not received any phone call about his whereabouts. The boy’s father, told media that Michael and his sister, Oyindamola, were standing at their school gate, waiting for their mother. (The Nation)
January 18, 2016 More
The Doha-based Al Jazeera news channel said on January 21, 2016 that three of its journalists had been kidnapped in the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz and demanded their immediate release. Al Jazeera said its Arabic correspondent Hamdi Al-Bokari and his crew, Abdulaziz Al-Sabri and Moneer Al-Sabai, had last been seen late on January 18, 2016, in Taiz, which is located in the southwest of the impoverished, war-battered Arabian Peninsula nation. The Qatari-funded news channel, whose reporting of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings won it millions of viewers in the Middle East, has seen several of its journalists detained and killed in recent years in conflicts across the region. In December, it said a cameraman had died of his injuries several days after being shot and wounded in the flashpoint Syrian province of Homs. (reuters.com, January 21, 2016)
January 18, 2016 More
Four men kidnapped a 35-year-old doctor as he was driving home from the hospital on January 18, 2016. The kidnappers later forced the doctor into a different vechicle and robbed him from valubales, while one of them drove away in the doctor’s car. The kidnappers contacted his brother demanding Rs 50 lakh (5,000,000 rupees, nearly USD$80,000) ransom. The brother reported the kidnapping to the police who launched a manhunt to trace the hostage and his kidnappers. Acting on a tip-off police located the kidnappers and intercepted their car near Pipal Patiya. (indiatimes.com, January 19, 2016)
January 18, 2016 More
Al Jazeera news channel said on January 21,2016 three of its journalists were kidnapped in the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz and demanded their immediate release. Al Jazeera said its Arabic correspondent and crew were last seen late on January 18 in Taiz. Saudi-backed fighters loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi battled Iran-allied Houthi militia and loyalists of the country's former leader in which at least 6,000 people were killed. (reuters.comJanuary 21, 2016)
January 15, 2016 More
Three American contractors were kidnapped on January 15, 2016, while visiting the home of their interpreter, who was also taken, in the southern suburb of Dora. They had been working for a construction company in Baghdad. They were freed on February 16, 2016, near Yusufiya, south of Baghdad, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. An Iranian-backed Shia militia was suspected. (bbc.com, February 16, 2016)
January 15, 2016 More
Three sisters were allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint from their house by about six men in Khairigarh village on India-Nepal border, police said January 17, 2016. They were kidnapped on January 15 and came home safe on January 18. Though the police claimed that it was their intense search operation and pressure tactics that brought the girls home, family members said that they were released only after a ransom was paid. (abplive.in, January 20, 2016)
January 15, 2016 More
Three American citizens and their interpreter were abducted in Iraq January 15, 2016, and were released in an area near Yusufiya, south of Baghdad, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. It was not clear who was behind the abduction, but officials suspect it was an Iranian-backed Shia militia. The three men were working for a private contractor when they were abducted in Baghdad. The U.S. praised the Iraqi forces who effected the release. The three men were reported missing last month while visiting the home of their interpreter in the southern suburb of Dora. (bbc.com, February 16, 2016)  
January 14, 2016 More
A businessman, his family members, and the watchman of their house were abducted by a gang of six from their house at MM Garden in Sundakkamuthur, Perur, on January 14, 2016. They demanded that Rs. 1 crore be paid as ransom to free them. The incident came to light in the late hours of January 15, when the businessman managed to escape from confinement at a lodge near Peelamedu and informed the police. (thehindu.com, January 17, 2016)
January 13, 2016 More
A12-year-old boy, who was kidnapped on January 13, 2016, in the Hathazari Upazila in Chittagong district was rescued nine days later in the Guimara Upazila in Khagrachharhi district. (channelstv.com, January 22, 2016)
January 12, 2016 More
The abductors of the former Speaker of the Ondo State House Assembly, Victor Olabimtan, reduced their ransom demand to N5 million (about US$14,000) after a "serious and tough" negotiation with his family members, an aide informed media on (January 12, 2016). The aide said the abductors spoke "extensively, using different mobile lines" to negotiate with the family for the quick release of the former speaker. (saharareporters.com)
January 05, 2016 More
A schoolteacher, abducted for ransom from Pabna town on January 5, 2016, was rescued in Sadar Upazila early on the same day. (thedailystar.net, January 6, 2016)
January 04, 2016 More
A woman, kidnapped in Beirut by three Lebanese men was found handcuffed and injured and the three were arrested, according to police. They were charged with kidnapping the 37-year-old resident of Barbour for a ransom in return for her release. Police said that a call was made January 4, 2016. Police freed the woman from a car owned by one of the kidnap suspects and it contained $2,800 and LL70,000 (about USD $46). The investigation was ongoing. (dailystar.com.lb, January 6, 2016)
January 03, 2016 More
Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped 26 passengers aboard a jeepney on January 5, 2016, according to government forces. The military quoted the minibus driver as saying he and the passengers were on their way to a remote village in the town of Ungkaya Baku, Basilan, and were ordered to proceed to another village. There, the victims were rescued by a special team of soldiers aboard an armored vehicle. (gulftoday.ae, January 6, 2016)
December 18, 2015 More
Transporter Abdul Raheem was kidnapped by a Malir City policeman, according to investigating officers. Raheem was released after the kidnapper received Rs. 6.8 million (about USD$61,000) on December 18, 2015. The police officer and his gang were arrested after a raid in Gulistan-e Jauhar. Police have also claimed to have recovered Rs.1 million from the accused police officer. (pakobserver.net, February 11, 2016)
December 15, 2015 More
Kidnappers of 26 Qataris, seized last month in the desert of Samawa in southern Iraq, changed their requirement for letting them go.  A media report said the new condition was the release of four Lebanese Hezbollah leaders; two of whom are being held by ISIS and another two who are being held by the Al-Nusra Front in Syria. A source said that even with the help of Turkish intelligence, negotiating is difficult. The kidnappers withdrew their demand for a financial ransom of $100,000,000 due to criticism from the Shiite Grand Ayatollah of Iraq Ali Al-Sistani on this matter and his description of the kidnapping as a political process. A Qatari official called on the Iraqi government to take responsibility for securing the release of the hostages. (aawsat.com, January 15, 2016)
December 14, 2015 More
Twenty-six Qataris were kidnapped in the desert of Samawa in the Al-Muthanna province in southern Iraq in December 2015. A Gulf source told media that kidnappers demanded the release of four Lebanese Hezbollah leaders; two of whom are being held by ISIS and another two who are being held by the Al-Nusra Front in Syria. The kidnappers specified this new condition after withdrawing their request for a financial ransom of $100,000,000 due to criticism from the Shiite Grand Ayatollah of Iraq Ali Al-Sistani on this matter and his description of the kidnapping as a political process and a matter which would cause embarrassment to the kidnappers if the ransom was accepted. (aawsat.com, January 15, 2016)
December 10, 2015 More
A police officer was kidnapped by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) almost two months ago in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Sırnak and was rescued by the Turkish security forces on January 31, 2016, a media outlet reported. Ayhan Kaya, who was working as a bodyguard for Cizre district Governor Ahmet Adanur, was kidnapped by PKK terrorists on Dec. 10, 2015, on the way home from Cizre State Hospital. Adanur was reportedly rescued during an operation in Cizre's Cudi neighborhood and returned safely to his home. (todayszaman.com, January 31, 2016)  
December 10, 2015 More
Ayhan Kaya, who was working as a bodyguard for Cizre district Governor Ahmet Adanur, was kidnapped by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) December 15, 2015.  The kidnappers grabbed him in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Sırnak on the way home from Cizre State Hospital. Adanur was rescued by Turkish security forces in Cizre's Cudi neighborhood on January 10, 2016, and returned safely to his home. (todayszaman.com, January 16, 2016)
October 23, 2015 More
Irfan Suhito, 25, resident of Sobho Dero Town, was kidnapped in October 2015 from Rani Pur and was recovered March 25, 2016. He was kidnapped five months ago from Rani Pur. Police said that during routine patrolling, they saw three persons riding a motorcycle. Suspicious, they chased the vehicle and were fired upon. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 1 million (about USD$9,000). Suhito was freed and told media that he had received a phone call of a woman. He went to meet her in Rani Pur where some armed men kidnapped him at gunpoint and shifted to Katcha area. (nation.com.pk, March 24, 2016)
October 07, 2015 More
 Ten Abu Sayyaf gunmen pretending to be customers barged into restaurant and kidnapped the owner on October 7, 2015. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of P130 million (about USD$2.5 million) to release the café owner and former Italian priest, Rolando del Torchio. Del Torchio was freed after a series of negotiations that ended in the payment of the ransom, an informed source told a media outlet. Del Torchio was in poor health and was taken to the military trauma hospital at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Busbos, Jolo, for medical treatment. (philstar.com, April 8, 2016)
September 05, 2015 More
Six women and three men were tried for kidnapping and beating a 29-year-old Moroccan salon worker in September 2015. Of the defendants, a 26-year-old woman was accused of masterminding the crime. According to the charge-sheet, she breached the victim’s modesty and privacy by forcing her to remove her clothes and filming her undressed. She was also accused of threatening to post the video on the internet if the victim’s brother, who lives in Morocco, did not pay the ransom of Dh700,000 (about USD$200,000). The victim testified to prosecutors that the incident happened after she left a shopping center and was heading back to her home in Sharjah at 8pm.  (gulfnews.com, January 5, 2016)
August 01, 2015 More
The Spanish Government refused to comment on allegations by a media outlet that the nation paid a ransom of almost 10 million euro to al-Nusra Front in Syria for the release of the freelance journalists Antonio Pampliega, José Manuel López and Ángel Sastre. After 10 months in captivity, the journalists flew back to Spain earlier in May on a military aircraft and were met by a Spanish government official. The official said he could not confirm or deny that a ransom had been paid to secure the reporters’ release. This is not the first time that ransoms are alleged to have been paid by EU nations to terrorist groups. Along with France and other European countries, Spain has reportedly paid a series of ransoms to Islamist terrorist groups to free hostages over recent years. The U.S. Treasury has estimated that almost 150 million euro has reached the coffers of terrorist organizations since 2008. (theleader.info, May 22, 2016)
July 04, 2015 More
The Spanish government paid USD$11 million, plus a shipment of refugee aid, in ransom to save three journalists held hostage in Syria by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists, according to a Turkish newspaper. Freelance journalists Antonio Pampliega, José Manuel López and Ángel Sastre flew back to Spain on May 8, after being kidnapped in Aleppo by al-Nusra Front last July. Along with France and other European countries, Spain has reportedly paid a series of ransoms to Islamist terrorist groups to free hostages over recent years. Three separate kidnapping incidents in which Spaniards were held by Islamist groups in Africa were reportedly resolved by the payment of ransoms totaling an estimated USD$17.5 million between 2010 and 2013. The US Treasury estimates that $165 million has reached the coffers of terrorist organizations since 2008. (telegraph.co.uk, May 17, 2016)
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