• United States Jan 27, 2019

    20 Dead as Bombs Target Sunday Mass in Philippine Cathedral

    Two bombs minutes apart tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 81 others during a Sunday Mass, officials said. Witnesses said the first blast inside the Jolo cathedral in the provincial capital sent churchgoers, some of them wounded, to stampede out of the main...

  • NBC Sep 13, 2017

    Americans at Risk By US Allies' Ransoms to Terrorists: Report

    American hostages are more likely to be killed or tortured because some European nations pay multimillion-dollar ransoms to terrorist groups, a think tank has warned. The U.S. does not pay ransoms to banned militant organizations, a principle it has stuck to despite several high-profile beheadings of Americans by ISIS. Between 200 and 300 Americans are kidnapped by criminals and terrorist...

  • Iraq May 30, 2017

    Priest Says He and 200 Others Held Hostage in ISIS-Linked Attack in Philippines

    A Catholic priest who was taken hostage by militants linked to the Islamic State group says he’s being held alongside 200 other captives, including children, in what appeared to be a battle-scarred part of a southern Philippine city. In a video apparently taken under duress by militants, Father Teresito Suganob said his captors wanted the military to withdraw its forces...

  • leader May 24, 2017

    ‘Ghost Town': ISIS-Linked Militants Siege Philippine City, Take Hostages

    Islamic State group-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS, authorities said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared martial law across the southern third of the nation, warned he may expand it nationwide. At least 21 people have died...

  • Germany Mar 5, 2017

    Philippine Marines Find Remains of Beheaded German Hostage

    Philippine troops have found the remains of a German hostage who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the country’s south, vowing Sunday to rescue more than 30 other captives and crush the ransom-seeking extremists. Marines dug up the head and body of Jurgen Gustav Kantner late Saturday in the mountainous hinterlands of Indanan town in Sulu province, where the...

  • United States Feb 9, 2016

    Wife of Ex-ISIS Leader Charged With Role in Death of US Hostage Kayla Mueller

    The wife of a former senior leader of the Islamic State has been charged in federal court with contributing to the death of American hostage Kayla Mueller. The Justice Department on Monday announced charges against 25-year-old Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, who’s also known as Umm Sayyaf. A criminal complaint accuses Sayyaf and her husband, Abu Sayyaf, of holding Mueller and...

  • Prime Minister Jan 15, 2016

    Kin of Malaysian Hostage Retrieve Remains

    The grieving wife and siblings of a Malaysian hostage who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf extremists in the southern Philippines retrieved his remains in Manila Friday, visibly stunned after seeing his body for the first time....
    Bernard Then was kidnapped with a compatriot, Thien Nyuk Fun, in May in Malaysia’s Sabah state and taken by boat to the southern Philippine province...

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