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Iranian held by Somali pirates since 2015 freed

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An Iranian sailor held hostage by Somali pirates for more than four years has been released with the help of the United Nations and...

Burkina Faso hostages rescued

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France’s military said, adding two elite soldiers...

Kidnapped South African released in Mali

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South African Stephen McGowan, kidnapped by al Qaeda fromTimbuktu in 2011, was released and is back home, foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane...

At least 30 killed during hostage rescue attempt

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At least 30 people including civilians and members of the military died after an attempted rescue of an oil exploration team kidnapped...

Two killed in Kenya hostage rescue operation

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A senior Kenyan government official was taken hostage with five other people by suspected Islamist militants who attacked the vehicle they were...

Militant video purports to show westerners held in Mali

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Islamist militants operating in Mali released a video purporting to show six western hostages ahead of a regional security summit in the...

Al Qaeda group releases video of Swiss hostage: monitor

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of a Swiss nun who had been kidnapped in northern Mali nearly...

Islamist gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage

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Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a luxury hotel full of foreigners in Mali's capital Bamako early on Friday morning, taking 170 people...

Ghanaian captive from Libya attack released

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A hostage from Ghana was released last month after militants attacked an oilfield in Libya and took foreigners prisoner, but six staff...

French commandos free Dutch hostage from al Qaeda in Mali

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French commandos freed a Dutch hostage from an al Qaeda-linked group in Maili on Monday, more than three years after he was...

Cameroon says German kidnapped in northern Nigeria released

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A German kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamist militants in northern Nigeria's Adamawa State in July has been released following a operation by...

Last French hostage freed by Al Qaeda’s north African arm: Hollande

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The last remaining French hostage in the world, who has been held since 2011 by Al Qaeda's north African arm, has been...

Britain says Libya hostage freed by militants

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A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released, the British Foreign Office said on Sunday. David...

Kidnapped Maltese oil worker released in Libya after 11 days

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A Maltese oil worker abducted by a Libyan militia 11 days ago was released unharmed on Monday and flown back to Malta. Prime...

French Sahara hostage appeals in video for negotiated release

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A video of Serge Lazarevic, a French hostage who has been held in the Sahara for over two years, appealing to France's...

Interview – Piracy costs more than just a ransom

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia is big business but the increased production of oil in the Gulf of Guinea has encouraged...

Mali seeks contact with captors of Spanish hostages

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Mali believes three Spanish aid workers who went missing in Mauritania last month are being held on its territory by al Qaeda's...