#AceWorldNews – INDIA:Jan.03: Police in India have detained three men suspected of kidnapping and gang-raping a 22-year-old Japanese research academic near a Buddhist pilgrimage in a village 80 miles south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state, officials said Friday.
Authorities are still searching for two more individuals in the case.
The woman managed to escape her captors on December 26 after three weeks of captivity and contacted police.
A Kolkata-based tour guide, who reportedly escorted the Japanese woman to the Buddhist pilgrimage site, was one of the five suspects who kept the woman in captivity and raped her, police said.
#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.25 – Seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner were freed by the country’s security forces during a special operation, state news agency Saba quoted the Yemeni supreme security committee as saying in a statement.
Seven Al-Qaeda members, who were behind the kidnapping of the hostages, were killed during the mission and one person from the rescue team was wounded.
The location of the operation and the nationality of the foreign hostage were not revealed.
It was also not specified when and where the individuals were taken hostage.
#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – Nov.18 – Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) came under heavy international pressure on Monday to free a general as the government suspended peace talks after his kidnapping, AFP said.
The EU urged FARC to free their hostages immediately and unconditionally, and the European Commission said the incident “seriously put at risk the continuation” of the peace talks to end Colombia’s 50-year-old conflict.
General Ruben Alzate disappeared in a remote region on the Pacific coast on Sunday, in what the government denounced as a kidnapping by FARC.
#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – May 13 – Jordan’s ambassador to Libya has been freed after being abducted by gunmen in the capital, Tripoli, last month.
Fawaz al-Itan was released unharmed and was on his way home on Tuesday, Jordanian officials said.
Diplomats have been the targets of a number of abductions in Libya in recent months amid continuing instability.
The central government has struggled to assert its authority over the armed groups and tribesmen who helped end Muammar Gaddafi‘s 41-year rule in 2011.
Mr Itan was kidnapped in the Libyan capital on 15 April when masked gunmen shot at his car, wounding the driver.
“The ambassador is doing well and he is now making his way back to his country,” Mr Judeh was quoted as saying.
He gave no further details about the circumstances of the release.
Four weeks ago masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions and kidnappings that have swept Libya underscoring the lawlessness in the North African nation since the 2011 overthrow of late dictator Muammar Qadhafi.
According to the spokesman of the Libyan Foreign Ministry, several masked gunmen in civilian clothes and in two cars opened fire at Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan’s vehicle early Tuesday morning in Tripoli.
The assailants wounded the Jordanian ambassador’s driver and forced Mr. al-Etan out at gunpoint, said the spokesman, Said al-Aswad.
Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sabah al-Rafie confirmed the kidnapping but had no further details.
She said the Jordanian government was following the matter closely with the Libyan authorities.
The motives behind the abduction were not clear and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Libya: Jordan’s Envoy Is Held Hostage – New York Times(nytimes.com)
- Gunmen abduct Jordan ambassador in Libya(thehindu.com)