Ehime woman freed after 16 ½-hour hostage ordeal

May 25, 2016

Ehime woman freed after 16 ½-hour hostage ordeal

A knife-wielding 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, roughly 16½ hours after taking a woman in her 20s hostage at her apartment in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, police said. After hours of pleas by authorities to free the woman, the suspect, identified as Kazuhiro Honda, released ...

Sep 11, 2015

Afghan captors free Dutch aid worker after 81 days

A Dutch aid worker who was abducted by unknown gunmen in June in Afghanistan has been freed after being held for 81 days, the Dutch foreign ministry said late Thursday. Anja de Beer was recovering in the Dutch Embassy in Kabul and was “doing ...

Leftist attackers, hostage prosecutor die in Istanbul shootout

Apr 1, 2015

Leftist attackers, hostage prosecutor die in Istanbul shootout

Two members of a banned leftist group and a prosecutor they held hostage inside a courthouse in Istanbul died Tuesday after a shootout between the hostage takers and police, officials said. Istanbul’s police chief, Selami Altinok, said police had negotiated with the gunmen for ...

Feb 3, 2015

Suga acknowledges increase in terror threat after hostage murder

The threat of terrorism has become more real following the recent murder of two Japanese nationals by Islamic State militants in the Middle East, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday, calling for stepped-up security measures both at home and abroad. “The threat of ...