Tag: Kidnapping and Hostages

Member of Extremist Group to Plead Guilty in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

One member of an anti-government group accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan last fall entered a guilty plea on Wednesday in court filings that also revealed new details about plans by the group to storm the Michigan Capitol and commit other violence. Ty G. Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, agreed to […]

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Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution

ISTANBUL — He is American, she is Iranian and they live together in a small seaside town in Turkey. Yet what they hoped would be an idyll has become a living nightmare. Fatemeh Khoshro said her phone buzzed constantly with threatening messages, and that she and her fiancé, Nicolas Aryan, are harassed by men they […]

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Why Is Iran Kidnapping and Executing Dissidents?

And then in 1988, six leading public figures and dissident intellectuals were murdered in Tehran. Many more killings were revealed over time and the murders came to be remembered as “the chain murders.” Tehran’s nasty habit of assassinating critics and opponents at home and abroad seemed to have been reined in around 1997 after Iran […]

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Memphis Police Officer Is Charged With Kidnapping and Murder

A Memphis police officer was fired and accused of kidnapping and killing a man while on duty, the authorities said on Sunday. The killing took place last week, and the officer, Patric Ferguson, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, […]

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I’m Haunted by Daniel Pearl’s Murder

I was still in Pakistan when a Black British man on an airplane tried to light a bomb that was hidden in his shoe, setting off another wave of panic. Mr. Mubashir got a tip that the would-be shoe bomber had been a follower of a reclusive spiritual leader in Lahore named Sheik Gilani. We […]

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Pakistani Court Orders Men Released in Daniel Pearl Case

KARACHI, Pakistan — A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the release of four men being held over the 2002 abduction and killing of the American journalist Daniel Pearl, arguing that they had been acquitted months ago, and that their continued detention was illegal. “These men have been rotting in jail for 18 years without committing […]

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Charges Filed in Michaela Garecht Kidnapping Case After 32 Years

“What I did not envision was my daughter as a dead child,” Ms. Murch continued. “It was only when I heard this news, that this vision of reality appeared, and I honestly have not figured out what to do with it.” She said that she had asked detectives about Mr. Misch’s history of violence. “If […]

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Missing Fort Drum Soldier Is Found Dead in New Jersey

The body of a Fort Drum soldier who was last heard from on Thursday night in upstate New York has been found in a remote part of New Jersey, and the authorities said on Sunday that they had arrested a fellow soldier in connection with his death. The soldier who was reported missing, Cpl. Hayden […]

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Freed Nigeria Schoolboys Meet President Muhammadu Buhari

DAKAR, Senegal — Hundreds of boys kidnapped last week from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria were freed on Thursday night after six days in captivity. But they had some public relations to do for the government before they could go home. Cameras rolled on Friday as they were led barefoot by soldiers carrying rifles […]

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More Than 300 Abducted Students Released in Nigeria, Governor Says

After he announced their release, Mr. Masari told a Deutsche Welle television reporter that the government had not paid ransom, and that negotiations were with a group of bandits rather than with Boko Haram. President Muhammadu Buhari won election in 2015 vowing to clamp down on Boko Haram and other militant and bandit groups in […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 2 Iranian Officials in Robert Levinson Case

The Trump administration announced sanctions on two Iranian officials for their involvement in the 2007 disappearance and presumed death of the former F.B.I. agent Robert Levinson, the first time the U.S. government has officially implicated Iran’s government in Mr. Levinson’s case. The Treasury Department said in a statement that it was imposing sanctions on two […]

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Search Continues for 2 Escaped Prisoners in Tennessee

The authorities in Tennessee were searching on Sunday for two men who they said escaped from prison last week and then kidnapped a man and stole his truck. The men, Robert Lee Brown and Christopher Osteen, escaped on Friday morning from the minimum-security annex at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County, Tenn., the authorities […]

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Acechó a los asesinos de su hija por todo México, uno a uno

SAN FERNANDO, México — Miriam Rodríguez empuñó la pistola en su bolsa al correr entre el gentío matutino en el puente internacional hacia Texas. Cada tanto se detenía para recuperar el aliento y mirar la foto de su próximo objetivo: el vendedor de flores. Lo había asediado durante un año, acechándolo en línea, interrogando a […]

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Hundreds of Students Feared Missing After Attack at Nigeria School

Hundreds of students in Nigeria are feared missing after gunmen stormed a secondary school in the northern state of Katsina, news agencies and the Nigerian authorities said. Gunmen rushed into the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara at around 9:40 p.m. Friday, shooting AK-47 rifles into the air and rounding up students, the police in […]

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She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One

She went to the authorities — local, state and federal — but none would help her. She carted her files everywhere, like a door-to-door salesperson for whom a “no” was never final. Eventually, she found a federal policeman willing to assist. “When she pulled her files onto the table, I had never seen anything like […]

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Executed Nigerian Farmers Were Caught Between Boko Haram and the Army

ZABARMARI, Nigeria — For years, the farmers had an agreement with Boko Haram militants: They could tend their fields in peace, as long as they did not report the fighters’ presence to the Nigerian Army. But just over a week ago, that deal was broken. The Islamist group killed more than 70 farmers from Zabarmari, […]

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Disappearance and Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions About Police Response

Days after his family had reported him missing, 15-year-old Quawan Charles was found dead in a sugar cane field, more than 20 miles from his home in Baldwin, La., his face badly disfigured. A preliminary autopsy found that his death had most likely been caused by drowning. But the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, and the […]

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Deadly School Assault Catapults Kabul into Even More Despair

KABUL, Afghanistan — It was an unusually pleasant fall day, and the two Kabul University students joked that they could afford to be a bit late to class to catch some sun. The students, Ahmad Ali Mohammedi and Sajat Naijati, then headed to their classrooms. Mr. Mohammedi, 25, took the stairs to the second floor […]

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Navy Commandos Rescue American Kidnapped in Niger

WASHINGTON — U.S. Special Operations commandos carried out a predawn raid on Saturday to rescue an American citizen who had been kidnapped this week from his home in southern Niger. Commandos from the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 rescued the American, Philip Walton, 27, after tracking the phones of his attackers to a hide-out in […]

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After 12 Years, Arrest in Abduction of Former Times Journalist David Rohde

Twelve years after a New York Times journalist and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint in Afghanistan and held for more than seven months, an Afghan man has been arrested and charged in the kidnapping, federal authorities said on Wednesday. The accused kidnapper, Haji Najibullah, who has been described as a former Taliban commander, […]

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U.S. Seeks Release of Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz From Syria

High-level United States officials traveled recently to Syria for rare talks with the Assad government in an attempt to secure the release of American citizens held prisoner there, a high priority for the Trump administration, but there has been little apparent progress so far, officials said. The secret U.S. mission to Damascus in August focused […]

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Man Arrested After Threatening Wichita Mayor Over Face Masks

Mayor Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan., said he often gets “goofy” threats, like the time someone said they wanted to attack him with a Goodyear blimp. But those threats took a serious turn on Friday after someone reported to the police that they had received text messages threatening to kidnap and kill Mr. Whipple, a […]

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

A date has been set for the execution of a Kansas woman who was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her abdomen in what would be the first federal execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, officials said on Friday. The inmate, Lisa Montgomery of Melvern, Kan., was convicted […]

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Houthi Rebels Free 2 American Hostages

WASHINGTON — Two Americans held hostage by Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen were released on Wednesday in a deal brokered by the Trump administration and the government of Oman, according to a senior administration official. Sandra Loli, an aid worker, had been held in the war-ravaged country for 16 months, and Mikael Gidada, a businessman, […]

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Man Charged With Murder in 1984 Killing of Jonelle Matthews

DENVER — For more than three decades, the disappearance of Jonelle Matthews hung over the city of Greeley, Colo., where the 12-year-old was taken from her family’s home days before Christmas in 1984. “During those decades, generations of Greeley police officers have never forgotten Jonelle, many living in torment over the possibilities of what may […]

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An Arrest in Canada Casts a Shadow on a New York Times Star, and The Times

Derek Henry Flood wasn’t looking for work in March of 2018, when he sent a direct message to a New York Times reporter he admired, Rukmini Callimachi, to congratulate her on the announcement of her big new podcast about the terror group known as the Islamic State. By that time, major American news outlets had […]

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A Convicted Kidnapper Is Chosen to Lead Government of Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW — A man who had been convicted of kidnapping was chosen to be the prime minister of Kyrgyzstan on Saturday after feuding politicians agreed on a new government in an effort to end nearly a week of violent turmoil in the Central Asian country. An agreement to put the government under the man, Sadyr […]

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The Plot Against Gretchen Whitmer Shows the Danger of Private Militias

In the swirl of disinformation that now pollutes our political discourse, one is particularly dangerous: that private militias are constitutionally protected. Although these vigilante groups often cite the Second Amendment’s “well regulated militia” for their authority, history and Supreme Court precedent make clear that the phrase was not intended to — and does not — […]

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New York Grandparents Are Kidnapped and Taken to Canada

On Sept. 27, a group of men broke into a home in Moira, N.Y., a town of about 3,000 people near the Canadian border, and kidnapped the couple in their 70s who lived there, the authorities said. In what prosecutors described as a “terrifying ordeal,” the couple were driven into Quebec and ferried across the […]

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Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Fighters Being Brought to U.S. to Face Charges

WASHINGTON — Two notorious Islamic State detainees from Britain were being brought to the United States on Wednesday to face federal charges over accusations that they played a role in the torture and beheadings of Western hostages, according to American officials. The transfer is a milestone in the saga of the two men, El Shafee Elsheikh […]

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