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Hijacking & Hostages

In this photo provided by the Mali Presidency, three-time Malian presidential candidate and ex-hostage Soumaila Cisse, center, is accompanied by his wife Astan Traore, left, and Issoufi Maiga, right, head of the crisis unit for the release of Cisse, as they arrive at the presidential palace after Cisse was released and flown to the capital Bamako, Mali. A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the country's capital late Thursday where they held emotional reunions with family members and were greeted by government officials.

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Silvia Romano, escorted by Carabinieri, lowers her face mask for press as she arrives at her home, in Milan, Italy. The young Italian woman has returned to her homeland after 18 months as a hostage in eastern Africa.

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Police prepares to enter a mall in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police surrounded the shopping mall in an upscale section of Manila after a recently dismissed security guard opened fire and took dozens of people hostage, an official said.

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A police officer carries a child after rescuing them in Kasaria village in Uttar Pradesh. Authorities rescued 23 children after killing a man who held them hostage for nearly 11 hours after inviting them to his home for his daughter’s birthday party.

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Police officers surround a house during a mission to rescue hostages in Kasaria village in Uttar Pradesh. Authorities rescued 23 children after killing a man who held them hostage for nearly 11 hours after inviting them to his home for his daughter’s birthday party in northern India, police said.

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Police outside the house in which a murder accused was allegedly holding hostage some women and children in the Mohammedabad area of Farrukhabad district.

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In this frame grab from video provided by TV Globo, an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus, steps outside of the bus momentarily on the bridge connecting the city of Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The man threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff broadcast live on television.

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Armed forces stand onboard the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1, which was hijacked by migrants, in Valletta, Malta.

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Armed forces stand onboard the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1, which was hijacked by migrants, in Valletta, Malta.

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Armed forces stand onboard the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1, which was hijacked by migrants, in Valletta, Malta. A Maltese special operations team boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea and recaptured control of it before escorting it to a Maltese port. Italy's hard-line interior minister slammed the migrants as pirates but aid groups rejected that label, saying the European Union's policy of sending migrants back to lawless Libya was to blame.

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Gurvinder (L), with other family members of 39 Indians who were killed in Iraq's Mosul, gets emotional while talking to the media after meeting Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

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The family members of 39 Indians, who were killed in Iraq's Mosul incident arrive in Delhi for a meeting with the Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi

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Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, poses for a photograph with recently freed School girls in Abuja, Nigeria

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An Afriqiyah Airways plane from Libya stands on the tarmac at Malta's Luqa International airport. Two hijackers diverted a Libyan commercial plane to Malta on Friday and threatened to blow it up with hand grenades, Maltese authorities and state media said.

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines plane sits on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after it made a distress call shortly before landing at Manila, Philippines.

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Passengers are ferried to the main terminal afters disembarking from a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane, left, sitting on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after it made a distress call shortly before landing at Manila, Philippines.

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Police officers stand in front of a building during a search operation in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, following an attack on a church that left a priest dead.

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In this grab made from video, police officers speak to a driver as they close off a road during a hostage situation in Normandy, France. Two attackers seized hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official said.

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Indian charity worker Judith D'Souza, kidnapped in Kabul last month, arrives at her home upon her release, in Kolkata.

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A Bangladeshi boy holds a Spiderman toy in one hand and a lighted candle in the other as he joins elders in paying tribute to those killed in the attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka.

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File photo of Judith D'Souza who has been reportedly abducted in Kabul.

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Indian Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnalil is displayed during a prayer for his release at the St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, in Bangalore.

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A riot policeman, rear, patrols in the departure terminal as passengers wait for their flights at Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

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Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sharif Fathy speaks during a press conference at the Ministry headquarters in Cairo. Fathy said seven people remain with the hijacker on the EgyptAir plane that has landed in Cyprus, four crew and three passengers.

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A bus carrying some passengers from the hijacked Egypt airlines aircraft as landing at Larnaca airport. An EgyptAir plane was hijacked while flying from the Egyptian Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo, and later landed in Cyprus where some of the women and children were allowed to get off the aircraft, according to Egyptian and Cypriot officials.

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A bus carrying some passengers from the hijacked Egypt airlines aircraft as landing at Larnaca airport. An EgyptAir plane was hijacked while flying from the Egyptian Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo, and later landed in Cyprus where some of the women and children were allowed to get off the aircraft, according to Egyptian and Cypriot officials.

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Civilians run for safety after they were evacuated from a government building, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. Islamic militants fired automatic rifles at a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers in Kashmir before taking refuge in the nearby government building, police said.

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Students crowd at a block of DGCG College after a girl was kidnapped from the outside the college at Railway Road in Gurgaon.

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Mali trooper assists a hostage in leaving the scene, from the Radisson Blu hotel to safety after gunmen attacked the hotel in Bamako, Mali.

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Onlookers gather near the Radisson Blu hotel after gunmen stormed the building in Bamako, Mali.

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Security personnel, attend close to the scene of an attack on a hotel in Bamako, Mali.

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Security force personnel escort people fleeing from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali. The company that runs the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital says assailants have takenhostages in a brazen assault involving grenades.

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Security personnel, right, attend close to the scene of an attack on a hotel in Bamako, Mali. Men shouting "God is great" and armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed into the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital. Two people have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees in "a hostage-taking situation", the hotel's US owners said.

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A policeman stands outside the residence of one of the four Indian nationals who was detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, in Hyderabad. Four Indian teachers, who were returning to India from Tripoli and Tunis, have been kidnapped in Libya, allegedly by the Islamic State terror group (IS).

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This image provided by Ahmad Ajjan, that was posted on Facebook on Saturday, July 11, 2015, shows Spanish freelance journalists Antonio Pampliega, left, Angel Sastre, center, and Jose Manuel Lopez, right, shortly after their arrival in Syria for a reporting trip. Spain said that it is trying to establish what happened to the three who went missing around the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo. A fourth journalist, a Japanese national, also is presumed missing in Syria.

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Aam Adami Sena activists with family members of Indians held captive by ISIS in Iraq, protest against the NDA government, in New Delhi.

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This undated image made from a video released by Islamic State militants, April 19, 2015, appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The 29-minute video purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.

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Father Alexis Prem Kumar Antonysamy poses with his family members at a press conference in Chennai. He was held captive for eight months in Afghanistan.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj greets Jesuit priest Fr. Alexis Premkumar Antonysamy, who was released from eight months captivity after he was abducted by the Taliban at Herat in Afghanistan.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses media after meeting with families of Indian captives in Iraq, in New Delhi.

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Video grab : ISIS, which disgusted the world by beheading hostages on video, raised the bar on barbarity by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot trapped in a cage — and posting the awful footage online. Jordan's response was swift. The Jordanians reportedly executed female Al Qaeda terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziyad al-Karbouli by hanging at dawn.

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A woman watches a TV news program in Tokyo reporting on a video posted on YouTube by jihadists, that purports to show a still photo of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Goto's mother appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.

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The sister, right, and wife, left, of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, cry as they ride a car during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan.

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COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.

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This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists, purports to show a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio which condemns Jordan for not releasing Sajida al-Rishawi, saying that unless she is freed within 24 hours both will be killed.

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Nitsch Eberhard Robert, a German citizen abducted and held hostage by suspected Boko Haram militants, arrives at the Yaounde Nsimalen International airport after his release in Yaounde, Cameroon.

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This image taken from an online video released by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm purports to show the group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages that the militants identify as Kenji Goto Jogo, left, and Haruna Yukawa, right, unless a $200 million ransom is paid within 72 hours.

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Men whose relatives were abducted in Libya hold their photos in front of the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt.

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Police officers storm a kosher grocery to end a hostage situation in this image made from TV in Paris. Three terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed along with three of their hostages as the gunmen clashed with thousands of French security forces.

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Police officers storm the kosher market where a gunman held several hostages, in Paris.

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A security officer directs released hostages after they stormed a kosher market to end a hostage situation, Paris. Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage.

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Police officers arrive at a hostage-taking situation at a kosher market, in Paris.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie pay their respect to the victims of the siege in Martin Place in Sydney central business district, Australia.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie carry flowers as they pay respect to the victims of the siege in Martin Place in Sydney central business district, Australia.

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Hostages run towards armed tactical response police as they run to freedom from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

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File photo of Viswakanth Ankireddy (L) who is held hostage by an armed gunman inside a Sydney cafe in Australia. Ankireddy is a resident of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

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File photo of Viswakanth Ankireddy who is held hostage by an armed gunman inside a Sydney cafe in Australia. Ankireddy is a resident of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

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A video grab image shows people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Several people, including an Indian techie, were taken hostage by an armed man at a popular cafe in Sydney and forced to display an Islamic flag, triggering a security alert in Australia and leading to evacuation of key buildings, including the Indian Consulate.

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Special forces police install special equipment on a van, in Ghent, western Belgium. Four armed men have entered an apartment, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area.

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Video grab shows a man believed to be a gunman inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

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Armed police officers point as they stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia.

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A police runs along a street close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

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A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

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Video grab image shows people holding up hands inside a cafe in Sydney. Several people, including an Indian techie, were taken hostage by an armed man at a popular cafe in Sydney and forced to display an Islamic flag, triggering a security alert in Australia and leading to evacuation of key buildings, including the Indian Consulate.

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France's Serge Lazarevic, left, hugs French President Francois Hollande after he arrived at Villacoublay's military airport, west of Paris. France's last hostage was freed after being held for more than three years by al-Qaida's North Africa branch ó rekindling debate over whether countries should negotiate with extremists or stick to a muscular, uncompromising policy that runs the risk of a beheading or a botched rescue attempt.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses media after meeting with the families of Indians in captivity in Iraq, in New Delhi.

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Members of Kashmiri Pandit community protesting against Jammu police seeking immediate recovery of a young girl who was kidnapped and still not traceable in Jammu.

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Seven seafarers of hijacked ship Asphalt Venture on their arrival in Mumbai in the wee hours of Monday after four years in captivity. The seafarers were kidnapped in 2010 by Somali pirates.

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Freed Turkish hostages arrive at the airport in Ankara, Turkey. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey.

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap over 100 girls from a state school in Nigeria’s Borno state. The Islamists had killed 70 in a bus depot blast in Abuja earlier

Army defector’s photos, documents say 11,000 detainees in Syria have been tortured, killed by govt forces. Rebels flay “Nazi style war crimes”, state says it’s all an attempt to break peace talks.

Rogue caliphate proponents ISIS releases video of a beheading—US journalist James Foley, of AFP and Global Post, had gone missing in Syria in 2012. ISIS says it’s revenge for US airstrikes on it in Iraq.

John and Diane Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama. Their son, James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq.

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One of the 44 Kerala nurses, evacuated from Libya, on her arrival at the airport in Kochi.

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Kerala nurses, evacuated from Libya, being received by relatives on their arrival at the airport in Kochi. Relief writ large on their faces, 44 Indian nurses working in strife-torn Libya arrived this morning from Dubai even as four others are bound for different destinations in the country.

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A member of the joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) escorts three freed humanitarian workers out of a U.N. helicopter as they landed in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan. The international peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region said three aid workers have been freed after over a month in captivity. The mission said the three were among 25 humanitarian workers abducted by armed men in North Darfur.

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Some of the batch of 117 Indians, who were stranded in Iraq, upon their arrival at IGI Airport T3 in New Delhi.

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Indians from Iraq arrive at the airport in Hyderabad.

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Indians from Iraq display their passports to the media upon arrival at the airport in Hyderabad.

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Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by militants in northern Iraq get on board an airplane at an airport in Irbil, north of Baghdad, Iraq.

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The mothers of the three missing Israeli teenagers, from left to right, Rachel Frenkel, mother of Naftali Frenkel, Iris Yifrah, mother of Eyal Yifrah and Bat Galim Shaar, mother of Gilad Shaar, embrace in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nof Ayalon, where Frenkel family live. Israeli security forces searched the West Bank looking for three missing Israeli teenagers who they fear have been abducted by Palestinian militants.

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Agony of a wait Family members of abducted workers in Amritsar

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India aid worker Alexis Premkumar, working with an educational charity, who was abducted by Taliban militants in Zenda Jan district in Herat province of Afghanistan.

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Vyacheslav Ponomarev, foreground, self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, in Slovyansk, Ukraine. The leader of pro-Russia insurgents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk said military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who were being held have been released.

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Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, during workers day celebration in Lagos, Nigeria. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization has reported. At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students' fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader told The Associated Press.

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Monday April 21, 2014 File photo. Four female students of government secondary school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and reunited with their families, in Chibok, Nigeria. The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate, police said, adding that the actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300. Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan said the number of girls and young women who have escaped also has risen, to 53.

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Indian sailor Captain Sunil James's wife Aditi and mother during an interaction with the media at their resident in Mumbai. James, jailed in Togo in July, has been released and is expected to arrive India by Friday.

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File photo: Indian sailor Sunil James, who had been jailed in Togo in July, has been released and is expected to reach India by tomorrow, sources in the External Affairs Ministry said.

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Anil Kumar Agarwal (L), General manager of NHPC's 800 MW power project in Tawang, with his son Arnab at Charduar Police Station in Sonitpur after he was freed from NDFB camp. Agarwal was abducted on September 21 from near Bhalukpong in Sonitpur district when he was travelling by road from Tawang to Guwahati.

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Kenyan Asians of the Jain religion who have lived in Kenya for generations dance as they reach the climax of a continuous 24-hour prayer session, in memory of those from all religions who died in the Westgate Mall attack and to show their respect for those who helped others escape, at the Oshwal Centre next to the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya's interior minister said that another arrest has been made Sunday in connection with the deadly Westgate mall attack, which left 67 people dead in a four-day siege, but refused to give any further details.

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Westgate Mall attack survivors speak. Sneha Kothari-Mashru, 28 and a part-time radio DJ, told the Associated Press that she smeared blood onto her arm and clothes, taking it from the corpse of a teenage boy, and kicked off her blue high heels, to pretend to be dead. she watched through a tangle of her long brown hair, which she had thrown across her face. The gunman didn't scream. He rarely spoke. There was no obvious anger in his expression. He seemed confident, she said. "He was normal."

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Injured people cry for help during the attack

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Red Cross Paramedics lie down beside a parked ambulance outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after heavy shooting.

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Kenyan security personnel and journalists duck behind a vehicle as heavy gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya.

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Medics take cover behind a large tree as gunfire and explosions are heard from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya.

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Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day.

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Kenya security forces are seen behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya's military launched a major operation at the upscale Nairobi mall and said it had rescued "most" of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff that killed at least 68 people and injured 175.

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Iraqi anti-terrorism special forces deal with a simulated hijacking of a plane, during a training exercise at Baghdad airport, Iraq. Iraqi police performed an operational-tactical drill on how to manage a crisis situation caused by a terrorist act in civil aviation.

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Indian sailor Saurabh Kumar, who was held captive by Somali pirates for a year, being greeted with Holi colours on his arrival at his home in Meerut.

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