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The Ariel Castro Kidnappings

Between 2002 and 2004, three young women, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, were kidnapped by Ariel Castro in his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland,...

Slavery in 21st-century Islamism

Quasi-state level Islamist groups, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have captured and enslaved women and children, often for sexual slavery. In 2014,...

The 1996 Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis

The Japanese embassy hostage crisis began on 17 December 1996 in Lima, Peru, when 14 members of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took hostage hundreds of high-level diplomats,...

The Porte de Vincennes Siege

The Porte de Vincennes siege occurred at a Hypercacher kosher superette in Porte de Vincennes (20th arrondissement of Paris) in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting two days...

The Beslan School Siege

The Beslan school siege (also referred to as the Beslan school hostage crisis or Beslan massacre) started on 1 September 2004, lasted three days, involved the capture of over...

The 2003 Sahara Hostage Crisis

The 2003 Sahara hostage crisis concerns the events surrounding the abduction of 32 European tourists in seven separate groups in the Algerian Sahara desert in 2003. They were released...

The 1972 Munich Massacre

The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, at which eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed, along...

D. B. Cooper – The Phantom Skyjacker

D. B. Cooper is a media epithet popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle,...

The 2013 Alabama Bunker Hostage Crisis

On January 29, 2013, a hostage crisis, lasting almost seven days, began in the Wiregrass Region near U.S. Highway 231 in Midland City, Alabama. Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old...

The 1976 Chowchilla kidnapping

On July 15, 1976, kidnappers abducted 26 children, ages 5 to 14, and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, Madera County, California. The kidnappers eventually transported their victims from...

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