Kidnappings and Hostage Situations Timeline

Oct 02 2016

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Releases 3 Indonesian Hostages

Three Indonesian hostages have been released in the southern Philippines after being held by the militant group Abu Sayyaf for three months, The New York Time reported Oct. 2.
Sep 10 2016

In the Philippines, the 'Punisher' Takes on Terrorism

Success is a relative term in Duterte's fight against Abu Sayyaf.
Sep 01 2016

Lessons From a Bangalore Kidnapping

A kidnapping in India offers universal lessons in personal security.
Aug 17 2016

Malaysia: Oil Tanker Hijacked

A Malaysian oil tanker loaded with 900,000 liters of diesel was hijacked and is believed to have been taken to waters off the Indonesian island of Batam, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said Aug. 17, BBC reported.
Jul 07 2016

Another Link in Bangladesh's Chain of Attacks

Despite government efforts to quell attacks, militancy remains a constant threat.
May 21 2016

On Hostages, Countries Face an Impossible Choice

If Canada stands by its no-ransom policy, another of its citizens could soon face execution.
May 20 2016

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Releases Captive

Kidnappers belonging to Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic separatist group in the southern Philippines, have released the grandson of a Chinese-Filipino businessman after holding him and his grandfather captive for nearly two months, Zamboanga Today reported May 20.
Mar 10 2016

To Stop a Virtual Kidnapping, Keep Your Head

Fear and panic are your enemies when an abduction scammer is on the telephone.
Feb 16 2016

Iraq: Three Abducted Americans Returned To Baghdad Embassy

A month after the abduction of three U.S. citizens from Baghdad's Dora neighborhood, Iraqi intelligence authorities have located and brought them to the U.S. embassy, Al-Itijah TV reported Feb. 16.
Jan 26 2016

U.S.: Active Shooter At Naval Medical Center San Diego

An active shooter has been reported at the Naval Medical Center San Diego according to a message posted on the center's official Facebook page, CNN reported Jan. 26.
Jan 21 2016

Lessons in Protective Intelligence

An examination of the perpetrators and attacks in Istanbul, Jakarta and Ouagadougou highlights how they fit into Stratfor's analytical narratives relating to jihadist terrorism.
Jan 15 2016

Burkina Faso: Shots, Explosions Heard At Major Hotel

At least three armed men stormed a hotel frequented by Westerners and U.N. staff and took hostages Jan. 15 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, AFP reported.

Since the “Stockholm syndrome” hit the media in the early 1970s, following a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, kidnappings and hostage situations have become virtually an academic field of study. Situations vary, depending upon the captors and their goals. To avoid (or survive) such ordeals, it helps to know what they look like and how they might unfold.

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