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Hijacking & Hostages

The four-day hostage crisis at a BP gas facility in Amenas, Algeria, after special forces storm the plant. Some 800 workers are freed; 63 killed, including all 40 Islamist militant attackers.

A soldier, and rescue vehicles are seen near Ain Amenas, the gas plant where the hostage taking occurred.

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Indian-American doctor DILIP JOSEPH, who was kidnapped by the Taliban months back in Afghanistan, by US Navy Seals in a daring op. Dr Joseph was training local medical professionals.

Raghunandan Yandamuri, 26, is shown in this undated photo provided by the Upper Merion Township, Police Department. Authorities recovered the body of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna not far from where her grandmother was slain and arrested Yandamuri, a family friend who investigators said killed them in a botched ransom kidnapping.

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A TV grab image of the Thiruvananthapuram airport. High drama unfolded at the international airport when the pilot of the Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India flight pressed the hijack button in panic after irate passengers allegedly stormed the cockpit.

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KV Biju, who was escaped from captivity of militants in the Philippines, speaks to the media persons on his arrival with his Filipino wife and child at the Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode.

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Malayali Indian K. BIJU after 14 months as hostage of Qaeda-linked Abu Saayaf militants in southern Philippines. Had been visiting Filipino wife’s kin in Patikul.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Raman Singh and the mediators emphatically said there was no secret deal or any quid pro quo between Naxals and the state government behind the release of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon after he was held hostage for 12 days.

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Collector Alex Paul Menon with mediator BD Sharma arriving at Sukma from Chintalnar by a helicopter. Menon was released by Maoists yesterday on April 3.

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Maoists mediators BD Sharma and G Hargopal addressing a press conference after the release of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon, in Sukma. Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and the mediators emphatically said there was no secret deal or any quid pro quo between Naxals and the state government behind the release of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon after he was held hostage for 12 days.

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Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon comes out from forest with mediator BD Sharma after released by Maoists at Tadmetla, in Chhattisgarh.

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File Photo: Abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon has been released by the Maoists. Menon, who was kidnapped by the Maoists on April 21, was handed over to the two interlocutors Prof. G. Haragopal and B.D. Sarma deep inside the Bastar forests. A large contingent of media, which stationed itself at Chintalnar, was asked not to accompany the interlocutors.

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Swarnali Pathak, wife of Gadapani Pathak (inset) who was abducted by unknown miscreants, faints at her residence in Guwahati after hearing the news that her husband's body was found in Bongaigaon district. Pathak, an engineer in Assam's Agricultural department, was abducted along with another engineer Faijul Islam from Barkhata area.

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Villagers carry BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka after being freed by Maoists at Koraput on after 33 days of captivity.

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Odisha BJD MLA freed after 33 days of captivity.

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BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka with his wife Kaushalya at Balipeta village after he was freed by Maoists in Koraput after 33 days of captivity.

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BJD MLAs along with party youths sit on silent dharna in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Bhubaneswar appealing Maoists to release MLA Jhinna Hikaka. Maoists said that they would release Hikaka on April 26.

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Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sand art appealing Maoists to release the abducted MLA Jhina Hikaka and Collector Alex Menon, at Puri beach in Odisha.

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File: A file photo of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon along with his wife Asha Menon. Menon was taken hostage by the maoists on 21st April. Chhattisgarh government named two former chief secretaries as its nominees for talks with Naxals for release of Menon even as activists - Prashant Bhushan and Manish Kunjam - declined to mediate on behalf of the Maoists.

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File photo of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon who was abducted by Naxals in Chattisgarh.

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Chemical tanker MT ROYAL GRACE with 22 crew, including 17 Indians, hijacked by Somali pirates off Oman coast. Nigeria-bound vessel taken on Mar 2, uproar as kin informed only last week.

Italian tourist guide Paulo Bosusco, who was abducted by Maoists more than a month ago, greets the media outside the state guest house in Bhubaneswar. Maoists released Bosusco from a remote forest area after the Orissa government agreed to release five Maoists from prison. Basusco along with Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo was abducted on March 14 while on a trek in Orissa. Colangelo was released 11 days later, but Basusco remained in captivity while Orissa government negotiated with the abductors.

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Italian tourist guide Paulo Bosusco, who was abducted by Maoists more than a month ago, greets the media outside the state guest house in Bhubaneswar. Maoists released Bosusco from a remote forest area after the Orissa government agreed to release five Maoists from prison. Basusco along with Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo was abducted on March 14 while on a trek in Orissa. Colangelo was released 11 days later, but Basusco remained in captivity while Orissa government negotiated with the abductors.

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One of the Indian crew members of hijacked Italian oil tanker Savina Caylyn being welcomed by his family on his arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. 22 crew members, with 11 Indians and rest Italians, were hijacked by Somalian pirates on February 8, 2011.

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This is an image taken from a militant video which emerged on Oct. 25, 211 and shows what is believed to be a Swiss couple, abducted by the Pakistani Taliban in Baluchistan in July this year. In the video the Swiss tourists held by the Pakistani Taliban appealed to the Pakistani government to release Taliban prisoners in exchange for the two of them. AP is not able to independently verify the authenticity of the video. The face of one of the militants at right was pixellated by the group.

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District Collector R Vineel Krishna (sitting R), with his family members, addressing the media at his residence in Malkangiri district on Thursday night following his release by the Maoists after 9 days of captivity.

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A Video Grab of Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna, who was handed over to media persons by the Maoists at Janbhaighat near Chitrakonda in Orissa after 9 days of captivity.

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Mother (R) of Jr Engineer Pabitra Majhi along with relatives watching the news of Majhi's release on a TV at their residence in Bhubaneshwar on Wednesday Feb 23, 201.

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Orissa Home Secretary U N Behera (L) and Panchayatiraj Secretary S N Tripathy (2nd from L)look on as maoists mediators R Someswar Rao (R), G Haragopal (2nd R) and Dandapani Mohanty (C) signing the agreement papers for the release of Malkangiri Collector Vineel Krishna and Jr engineer Pabitra Majhi in Bhubaneshwar. After a seven day ordeal, junior engineer Pabitra Majhi was freed by Maoists while the process was underway for the release of abducted Malkangiri district collector as modalities were discussed between naxal chosen mediators and the Orissa government to implement their demands.

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File photo of Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna (L) and the junior Engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi who were abducted by the maoists rebels from a village near Chitrakonda, Orissa on Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011. A day after Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao claimed that abducted Malkangiri district collector and a junior engineer had been released, the Naxal-appointed mediators said the process for their return is on and both would be back by Feb 24, 2011.

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File photograph of abducted Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna with his family at Kandhamal during his posting as Sub-Collector in Baliguda. The talks between Maoist-chosen mediators and the government are still in progress to ensure release of abducted Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi.

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File photo of Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna who was abducted by the maoist rebels from a village near Chitrakonda, Orissa on Wednesday evening.

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District collector of Malkangiri kidnapped by Maoists.

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File Photo of junior Engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi who was also taken hostage by Maoists along with Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna on Wednesday from Chitrakonda area of Orissa.

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Reporters hold a banner which reads 'Free the hostages' during a gathering in support for two French reporters held in Afghanistan, in Paris. Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier disappeared on Dec. 30, 2009 along with two or three Afghan employees while traveling in Kapisa province east of Kabul.

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Sub-Inspector Rupesh Sinha being welcomed by his mother in a traditional way after being released by Maoists in Patna.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna after Maoists released the three abducted Bihar policemen in Lakhisarai district bringing to an end the nine-day-old hostage crisis, three days after another police officer was killed in captivity.

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A TV Grab image shows the Lakhisarai police station where the abducted Bihar policemen were brought in after the maoists today released them in Lakhisarai district bringing to end the nine-day-old hostage crisis, three days after another police officer was killed in captivity.

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Policemen give the guard of honour to their slain colleauge Lucas Tete after he was killed by Maoists, in Lakhisarai, Bihar.

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A combo picture shows slain policeman Lucas Tete and a note left by Maoists threatening to kill other policemen in their custody, at Lakhisarai in Bihar on Friday Sep 03, 2010.

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File photo of Lucas Tete, the policeman whose body was found in Lakhisari in Bihar, five days after he was abducted along with three other cops by Maoists.

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Frame grab from MySpace.com shows the page of James J. Lee. Lee, 43, a gunman with what police described as "concerns" with the Discovery Channel networks took at least one person hostage in the company's Silver Spring.

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Family members of policeman Abhay Yadav, kidnapped by Maoists, staging a dharna on the campus of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's residence to demand his release, in Patna.

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Authorities look at a screen that shows a live feed from a robot that James J. Lee, face up on the floor, inside the Discovery Channel network building where police shot and killed the gunman in Silver Spring. Police shot and killed Lee, 43, who was upset with the Discovery Channel network's programming who took two employees and a security officer hostage at the company's headquarters.

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James J. Lee is seen is a booking mugshot from 2008 on disorderly conduct. Lee, 43, who was upset with the Discovery Channel network's programming took two employees and a security officer hostage at the company's headquarters.

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Relatives of the eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in the tourist bus hostage crisis, kiss the ground near the bullet-riddled tourist bus during a Buddhist ceremony at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. The Chinese authorities demanded answers from the Philippines on Tuesday after a 12-hour hostage drama in the heart of Manila ended with eight Hong Kong tourists and their Filipino hostage-taker dead following a day of botched negotiations.

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Police and SWAT members assault a tourist bus to rescue hostages at Manila's Rizal Park Monday Aug.23, 2010 in Manila, Philippines. Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. Mendoza was killed along with atleast 7 hostages.

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Police and SWAT members assault a tourist bus to rescue hostages at Manila's Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila Monday with 25 people aboard, mostly foreign tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. Mendoza was killed along with atleast 7 hostages.

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Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza stands by the entrance of a tourist bus as negotiators talk to him during a standoff at Manila's Rizal Park. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. Mendoza was killed along with atleast 7 hostages.

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Hostage negotiators, left and right, talk to foreign tourists taken hostage by Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza after securing their release at Manila's Rizal Park. Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized a bus, background, in Manila with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said.Mendoza was killed along with atleast 7 hostages.

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A girl is consoled by her friend during a memorial service for her sister at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California. A body found in a rural field was identified as that of the 17-year-old Southern California girl who was likely kidnapped while walking to a friend's home after a summer class.

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British child Sahil Saeed waves with his father Raja Naqqash Saeed during their reunion at the British High Commission in Islamabad. Kidnappers released Saeed, a 5-year-old British boy, unharmed on Tuesday almost two weeks after abducting him from his grandparents' house in central Pakistan.

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Akila Naqqash kisses a picture of her son Sahil Saeed, 5, who has been found safe and well after he was kidnapped by gunmen in Pakistan, at their home in Oldham, England. Sahil Saeed, was found in a small village in Punjab province, southeast of Jhelum city where armed robbers seized him from his grandparents home on March 4, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said. British High Commissioner Adam Thomson expressed relief the boy had been found and thanked Pakistani authorities for their cooperation in the search.

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The two French aid workers abducted in the Central African Republic and held for four months, Olivier Denis, right, and Olivier Frapp, left, talk to journalists in front of the al-Amal al-Watani military hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. Denis and Frappe were working for a French charity, Triangle Generation Humanitaire, when they were kidnapped in November 2009 in the Central African Republic, across the border from the western region of Sudan. They arrived late on Sunday in the Sudanese capital.

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Akila Naqqash holds a picture of her five year old son Sahil, at her home in Oldham, England. Robbers kidnapped Sahil from a house in central Pakistan and demanded a large ransom for his return, according to British officials and the boy's family.

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A Sikh protester shout slogans against Taliban and Pakistani government as they burn tires during a strike in Jammu. The protest took place after the decapitated bodies of two Sikhs were found almost a month after they were kidnapped in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region.

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The hijacking of Indian Airlines IC-184 in December 1999. The aircraft was flown to Kandahar. The passengers were freed, but only after Jaswant Singh escorted three released militants.

Wife of Colombia's Caqueta state Gov. Luis Francisco Cuellar, who was kidnapped on Monday and killed by alleged rebels, reacts in front of the coffin containing the body of her husband during his funeral service in Florencia, southwestern Columbia.

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Mexican police officials stand guard as passengers disembark from the hijacked plane at Mexico City airport. A Bolivian religious fanatic briefly hijacked a jetliner from the beach resort of Cancun as it landed in Mexico City. All passengers and the crew were released unharmed.

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Bolivian Jose Mark Flores Pereira being shown to the press after his arrest at the Federal Police hanger in Mexico City's airport. Flores Pereira admitted he hijacked an Aero Mexico passenger plane after he had a "divine" revelation that a massive earthquake was going to hit Mexico City.

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