Latest Foreign hostages in Iraq Stories

2008-09-30 09:00:23

Eleven hostages freed after 10 days in captivity in Egypt have begun returning to their home countries, national leaders said. Germany's Interior Ministry said five German tourists who were among the kidnapped group arrived back in Germany Tuesday, CNN reported. The hostages were released unharmed Monday. Other kidnap victims leaving Egypt were five Italians and one Romanian. Others who had been held with them were eight Egyptian guides, drivers and guards. The group was kidnapped...

2008-09-28 21:00:18

Sudanese forces have shot and killed six of the kidnappers who abducted a group of European tourists in Egypt last week, officials said. Two other suspected kidnappers have been taken into custody, while the tourists remain in captivity in Chad, the BBC reported Sunday. The hostages include five Germans, five Italians and a Romanian. Their guides were Egyptian, the British news service reported. A Sudanese military spokesman said the Europeans were abducted in southwestern Egypt, but...

2006-08-26 15:16:10

DUBAI (Reuters) - A little known Iraqi Islamist militant group said on Saturday it had kidnapped a Turkish employee of a Turkish firm and demanded Ankara sever its ties with Baghdad's government for his release. "We demand that the Turkish government closes this company and severs all forms of dealings with the traitorous Iraqi government which is allied with the occupation," said the Brigades of the Lions of Righteousness in a statement posted on a Web site used by militants. The...

2006-08-15 22:01:40

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Two days after her abduction in Baghdad, American journalist Jill Carroll desperately pleaded with her captors to believe she was not hiding an electronic chip somewhere in her body to communicate with U.S. Marines. In a personal account of her 82 days held captive in Iraq, Carroll said a leader of the militant group accused her of secretly tipping off U.S. forces to her location, possibly through a transmitter embedded in her body. "I am the leader...

2006-08-13 17:09:46

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Certain she would be murdered by the men who kidnapped her on a Baghdad street and fatally shot her translator, American journalist Jill Carroll begged her captors at one point to use a gun to end her life rather than a knife. "Promise me you will use this gun to kill me by your own hand. I don't want that knife, I don't want the knife, use the gun," Carroll remembered crying hysterically to the Iraqi man who was watching her with a 9mm...

2006-08-09 08:21:28

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had arrested four Iraqis suspected of being involved in the abduction of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, held hostage for 82 days before her release earlier this year. "Coalition forces have detained four Iraqi men that we believe have been involved in the kidnapping of Jill Carroll," Major General William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, told a news briefing. "Troops on the ground, young marines and sailors,...

2006-07-26 08:53:22

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen in police uniforms kidnapped 17 people from a Baghdad apartment building on Wednesday, Interior Ministry sources said. They said the kidnappers abducted 10 men, five women and two children from different families. Militants, insurgents and criminal gangs all carry out kidnappings in Iraq, which has witnessed a sharp rise in sectarian violence that has raised fears of all-out civil war. Many victims of abductions are killed.

2006-07-16 13:37:08

By Mariam Karouny and Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people in a cafe north of Baghdad on Sunday, while the head of Iraq's North Oil Company was kidnapped in the capital, the second high-profile abduction in two days. The evening blast at the popular cafe in the town of Tuz Khurmatu also wounded 25 people, police Colonel Abbas Mohammed said. Most of the victims were older men, another police source added. Hospital officials in the town put...

2006-07-12 06:35:24

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces said they had found the bodies of 20 bus drivers who had been kidnapped north of Baghdad earlier on Wednesday. Police had put the number of bus drivers kidnapped in Miqdadiya, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of the capital at 12, but Major General Ahmed al-Awad said 20 bodies had been found after gunmen snatched a group of drivers from a station. Awad told state television that security forces released three kidnap victims during a search...

2006-07-04 12:25:35

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi deputy electricity minister, kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday along with 19 bodyguards was released 12 hours later unharmed, Interior Ministry sources said. They said Raad al-Harith was freed with seven of his bodyguards in the same area where he was kidnapped. Gunmen dressed in camouflage uniforms had abducted him after stopping his convoy in Talbiya district in eastern Baghdad.

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