ARTICLES RELATING TO ABDUCTIONS

Nigerian schoolgirls face uncertainty if they are freed

2014-10-23 15:24

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists will face uncertainty if the extremists make good on an apparent pledge to free the teenagers they seized six months ago.

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls

2014-10-23 09:16

A week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it says would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed.

Doubt over release of Nigerian schoolgirls

2014-10-19 19:19

Nigeria's announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram and the expected release of over 200 pupils kidnapped six month ago, has been greeted by scepticism.

Search continues for missing UFS student

2014-10-15 15:33

The search has continued for a University of Free State student who has gone missing.

Polish missionary kidnapped in Central African Republic

2014-10-14 14:31

A Polish Catholic missionary has been kidnapped by eight armed people in the town of Baboua in the Central African Republic, the head of Poland's Pontifical Mission Societies says.

Woman found in Nigerian bush 'was not in schoolgirl group'

2014-10-14 08:52

A young woman found wandering in northeast Nigeria who police said was one of more than 200 missing schoolgirls was actually abducted three months earlier, a source says.

R50 000 reward for info on missing baby

2014-10-08 21:08

A R50 000 reward has been offered for information on the kidnapping of a baby from the Dunnottar military base near Heidelberg, Gauteng.

Boys abducted in Cape Town

2014-10-07 19:37

Two boys aged 10 and 11 have gone missing after two unknown men picked them up in a car in Lansdowne, Cape Town, and drove off with them.

Cops search for kidnapped woman

2014-09-29 13:19

Gauteng police are searching for a woman who has allegedly been kidnapped in Protea Glen, Soweto.

Japan, North Korea to meet on abductees

2014-09-25 15:56

Japanese and North Korean officials are set to meet next week for an update on the North's probe into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, a spokesperson says.

US woman held hostage by IS in Syria

2014-08-27 05:56

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative says.

Mexico increases number of missing to 22 322

2014-08-22 08:21

Revising its calculation upward, the Mexico government now says 22 322 people are reported missing since 2006.

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in Nigeria

2014-08-15 13:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, leading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses say.

Search continues for kidnapped Reiger Park boy

2014-08-09 08:21

A search is under way for a male last seen with a kidnapped 3-year-old in the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park.

Maltese worker kidnapped in Libya freed

2014-07-29 15:29

A Maltese worker who was abducted by Libyan rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli has been freed and arrived home safely in Valletta, authorities say.

Search continues for kidnapped woman

2014-07-28 07:21

Gauteng police say they have still not found a 21-year-old Johannesburg woman who was allegedly abducted last week, with kidnappers demanding R30 000 for her return.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 11:48

At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have died from stress and attacks, as their hometown, Chibok, continues to be under siege from Boko Haram militants, residents say.

Zuma calls for safe return of child

2014-07-20 09:58
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President Jacob Zuma is calling on the public to help police find a child who went missing when his father's car was hijacked.

Kidnappings: Jonathan blasts activists

2014-07-16 07:40

Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan has accused activists of playing politics, saying they cancelled a meeting between him and family members of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Malala pledges to help free Nigerian girls

2014-07-14 13:01

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants.

Malala in Nigeria for abducted girls

2014-07-13 21:04

Pakistani schoogirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, has held meetings with the parents of some of the girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Nigeria: 'Good news' soon on kidnapped girls

2014-07-09 05:49

Nigeria's National Council of State is promising to deliver "some good news" very soon about more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Islamic extremists for nearly three months.

Over 60 women, girls escape abductors in Nigeria

2014-07-07 05:48

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources say, but more than 200 schoolgirls are still being held.

Christian leader appeals for missing Iraq nuns

2014-07-05 16:30

Iraq's most senior Christian leader has appealed for the release of two nuns and three orphans who have been missing for several days in militant-held areas of northern Nineveh province.

US reduces Nigeria abducted girls search

2014-06-27 22:32

The United States has reduced its surveillance flights to help find more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants after building a base body of intelligence.

 

Mexico mayor charged with attack on missing students

2014-10-23 09:19

Mexico has ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing.

Boko Haram 'ceasefire' in doubt after attacks

2014-10-20 06:24

Nigerian military and intelligence officials have raised doubts on about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

Philippine militants may extend deadline for German ransom

2014-10-17 11:47

Islamist militants holding a German couple hostage for ransom in the southern Philippines say they could extend the deadline briefly if the money is confirmed to be on its way.

Mass graves don't hold Mexico's 43 missing students

2014-10-15 09:09

It was news that gave parents hope: None of the bodies that have been found in five mass graves in southern Mexico belonged to 43 students who have been missing for nearly three weeks.

Timeline: Nigerian schoolgirls held for 6 months

2014-10-14 13:03

It is six months after 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Read the timeline of events.

Cameroon: 27 hostages freed in north

2014-10-11 11:44

Cameroon's government says 27 hostages presumed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, have been freed.

Kidnapped Cape Town boys found

2014-10-08 11:01

Two boys kidnapped in Lansdowne, Cape Town, have been found, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana says, adding that police are still gathering information on the circumstances.

Hitmen killed 17 of 43 missing Mexico students

2014-10-06 10:36

Two gang hitmen linked to police have admitted to killing 17 of 43 students missing in southern Mexico, prosecutors say, amid fears the victims were among bodies found in a mass grave.

One of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria freed

2014-09-25 20:32

One of 200 girls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the north-eastern Nigerian village of Chibok has been freed, police say.

Nigeria still working to free abducted girls – Jonathan

2014-09-25 09:59

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told the UN General Assembly that authorities are still working to free at least 200 girls abducted from a school by Boko Haram militants in April.

German kidnapped by IS released in Syria

2014-08-24 14:18

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

New York couple held in girls' kidnapping

2014-08-16 09:37

A New York couple has been arrested in the kidnappings of two young sisters from their family’s roadside farm stand that led to a manhunt along the US-Canada border.

MEC shocked at Reiger Park boy kidnapping

2014-08-09 23:02

Gauteng MEC for community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says she was shocked by the kidnapping of a three-year-old in the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park.

Toddler kidnapped in Reiger Park

2014-08-08 11:50

A 3-year-old boy has allegedly been kidnapped near his home in the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park, Gauteng police say.

Kidnapped woman still missing - police

2014-07-29 10:35

Gauteng police say they are still searching for a 21-year-old woman from Vlakfontein who was allegedly kidnapped last week.

Man arrested for kidnapping, rape

2014-07-24 21:15

Gauteng police have arrested a man in Dube in connection with two kidnapping cases and a rape case.

Mom of boy taken in hijacking overjoyed at return

2014-07-21 14:27

The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped during a hijacking almost a week ago says she is overjoyed that her son had been found unharmed.

Kidnapped women, kids sex slaves in DRC

2014-07-17 05:00

Women and children are being kidnapped by armed gangs and forced to work as sex slaves in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Malala asks Jonathan to meet girls' parents

2014-07-14 22:10

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has urged Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago.

Boko Haram demands fighters swap for girls

2014-07-14 11:38

A new video shows the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram crowning over the recent victories including two explosions at a fuel depot in Lagos that the government tried to cover up.

'Vigilantes' in court for kidnapping, assault

2014-07-10 22:35

Fifteen alleged vigilantes have appeared in the Acornhoek Magistrate's Court, Mpumalanga, on charges of kidnapping and assault.

Nigerian kidnapped girls 'in good health, well fed'

2014-07-08 11:40

An audio report has emerged where a member of Nigerian militants Boko Haram says the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group in April are in "good health" and are "well fed".

3 foreigners kidnapped in Libya

2014-07-06 13:52

A Libyan security official says three foreigners, including an Italian man, have been kidnapped in the western town of Zuwara.

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

2014-06-29 17:06

Witnesses say suspected Islamic extremists have sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped.

Girls as young as 3 abducted in Nigeria

2014-06-25 09:11

The latest Nigerian kidnappings have seen girls as young at three being abducted by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, a report says.

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