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Inside the ransom business

Why kidnapping rarely pays | ANJA SHORTLAND | A kidnapper’s phone call announcing that a family member or employee has been abducted is the stuff of nightmares – as is the eye-watering ransom demand that often accompanies this news. How should you respond? Most kidnappings take place in countries where …

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Kidnap in the park

American tourist rescued; experts call for Crisis Management Unit Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | The kidnap of an American tourist and a guide in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in early April spread jitters across Uganda’s tourism industry. Kimberley Sue Endecott, was one of three guests on an evening …

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Gunmen kidnap Italian woman in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | An armed gang abducted an Italian woman from a village in southeast Kenya, shooting and wounding five residents in the raid, police said Wednesday. “The attackers fired indiscriminately at residents” before kidnapping the 23-year-old, who worked as a volunteer for an Italian charity, during the …

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France ‘deeply concerned’ over health of Mali hostage

Paris, France | AFP | The French government said Wednesday that it was “deeply concerned” over Sophie Petronin, a 73-year-old hostage in Mali, after a new video in which her kidnappers say her health has deteriorated. A seven-minute video of the charity worker released in June had already showed her …

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Gunmen abduct four priests in Nigeria: state official

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Gunmen have abducted four Catholic priests in southern Nigeria, a local state official told AFP Wednesday. The kidnapping happened on Tuesday at a border community between Edo and Delta States in the south, said Andrew Aniamaka, a spokesman for Delta State. “They were abducted on …

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Tanzania billionaire Dewji found safe, back home

  Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed ‘Mo’ Dewji, who was abducted over a week ago, has been found and is safe back home, a family member has confirmed. In a Saturday 3.15 am tweet on the MeTL Group handle, Dewji said, “I thank Allah that …

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Boko Haram kills another aid worker in NE Nigeria: govt

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Islamic State-allied Boko Haram jihadists have killed another kidnapped female aid worker in northeast Nigeria, the government said, a month after one of her colleagues was murdered. Three female health workers were kidnapped during a Boko Haram raid on the remote town of Rann, in …

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