25 hostage incidents

25 hostage incidents

As long as people are ready to cling to each other in the throats for any little things, and as long as there are automatic machines in the hands of the "monkeys", they will take hostages. The standard answer of most states is that they do not negotiate with terrorists, but this does not stop them from trying to turn the political situation in their favor with the help of violence.

25. Hostage taking in the Alabama bunker. On January 29, 2013, Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old Vietnam war veteran, hijacked a school bus in Dale County and killed his driver, Charles Albert Pohlend, Jr. He also took hostage Ethan, a five-year-old pupil of the central Elementary School district. Dykes' bunker, where he kept homemade bombs, was equipped with ventilation, with which it was possible to transfer toys, books and medicines for Ethan. The crisis ended 5 days later, when the police broke into the bunker, killing Dykes and freeing Ethan.

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24. Capture the church in Baghdad. On October 31, 2010, during the Sunday evening Mass in the Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assistant, she was attacked by a group of Sunni radicals from al Qaeda.As a result of the capture of more than 100 hostages, 58 people were killed, and 19 were able to escape before the Iraqi Special Forces stormed the rest. The Americans supported special forces from the air, and a 4-hour siege led to the death of 41 hostages.

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23. Capture Discovery Communications Headquarters. The situation that occurred on September 1, 2010 at the company's headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland, began when James Lee took three people as hostages in the lobby of the building. Armed with two pistols and explosives, 43-year-old Lee released one pistol clip into the lobby ceiling. After 4 hours of negotiation, Lee was shot by the police.

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22. Tragedy at the Munich Olympics. Better known as the “Munich Massacre”, this attack occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in the German city of Munich, where 11 athletes from the Israeli team were captured and eventually killed, along with a captured German policeman. The act was carried out by members of the Palestinian Black September terrorist organization in Palestine, who demanded the release of 234 prisoners held in an Israeli prison. During the failed rescue operation, eight terrorists were killed, and three survivors were captured.Israel responded with the “Spring of Youth” and “God's Wrath” operations, during which they tracked down and killed all Palestinians, who, they believed, directly or indirectly helped the terrorists.

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21. The massacre in Maalot. This two-day terrorist attack, which captured 115 people, 105 of whom were children. It was May 15, 1974, when three armed militants of the terrorist organization Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine entered Israel from Lebanon. Most of the hostages were teenagers who were on a field trip. They spent the night in Maalot in the Netive Meir elementary school. The invaders demanded the release of 23 Palestinian militants from Israeli prisons, or schoolchildren will be killed. When the Golan Brigade stormed the building after 2 days, the terrorists showered their hostages with grenades and shot them with machine guns, which resulted in 28 hostages, including 22 children, being killed.

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20. Patricia Hearst. Patricia Hearst Shaw, an American newspaper heiress, is a secular person, and it was she who was abducted by the Symbionist Liberation Army in 1974. The granddaughter of millionaire George Hirst, who earned his capital by hard work, and the daughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst became famous when she took the side of her captors and began to help them in every way.Therefore, when she was arrested with other members of the Symbionist Liberation Army, during a bank robbery, she was imprisoned for two years. Later, President Bill Clinton granted her a presidential pardon, because her actions were explained by the Stockholm syndrome when the captives sympathize with their captors.

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19. Hostage taking in Iran. The diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States broke out when a group of Islamist students invaded the American embassy, ​​in support of the Iranian revolution. They took hostage 52 members of the American Embassy, ​​who were released 444 days later in 1981. When the release talks failed, the US military carried out a rescue operation called the Eagle's Claw. But this mission failed. This resulted in the death of 8 US servicemen and an Iranian civilian. The crisis ended with the signing of the Algiers Agreement on January 19, 1981, after which the hostages were finally released.

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18. Father Lawrence Martin Genco. A native of Joliet, Illinois, USA, Genco’s father was the director of the Catholic Relief Services,when he was taken hostage for 564 days by five armed Shia Muslims in Beirut in January 1985. At this time he spent in reflection and prayer. In addition to him, the Shiites took several more hostages as prisoners, including tennis player Terry Anderson.

17. Terry Anderson. Terry Anderson, a famous tennis player, was a prisoner with Father Genco. After his release, all channels showed his reunion with his family, where he first saw his daughter, who was born three months after his capture.

16. Terry White. An English philanthropist and writer, he was an assistant for the affairs of the Anglican churches when he negotiated the release of four hostages, among whom was the journalist John McCarthy. He traveled to Lebanon on January 20, 1987 to negotiate with the Islamic Jihad Organization, but also became a prisoner and was held hostage for 1,763 days from 1987 to 1991.

15. Lebanese terrorist attack. Between 1982 and 1992, 96 foreign nationals were captured. Abductions occurred systematically. The criminals used different names, although they all belonged to the same terrorist organization Hezbollah. These terrorist acts were considered "insurance against retaliation by the United States, Syrian and other forces."Among the hostages were 230 Americans and 58 French, who were considered guilty of bombing the embassy in Beirut and other incidents.

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14. The terrorist act in Kizlyar. This terrorist attack occurred during the First Chechen War, when Chechens raided a military airbase. It was the most massive hostage taking. More than a thousand civilians were taken hostage. As a result of the attack, 3 helicopters were destroyed and 33 soldiers were killed, this was what forced the Russian troops to pursue the Chechens, who entered the city and took 2,000 - 3,400 civilians hostage. After the Chechens fled to Pervomayskoye, as part of a column of 11 buses and 2 trucks, where they took another 100 hostages. Since the Russian army did not allow the access of journalists to the village, it is difficult to fully determine the number of civilian casualties.

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13. The terrorist attack in the hospital Alta View. This incident occurred on the night of September 20, 1991, at the Alta View Hospital in Sandy, Utah. Richard Worthington tried to kill Dr. Glade Curtis, who did a tubal ligation of his wife. Armed with a gun, pistol and dynamite, he entered the antenatal clinic and took 2 nurses, 3 civilians and 2 newborns as hostages and held them for 18 hours.One nurse, Carla Roth, was mortally wounded, and Richard was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but later, on November 11, 1993, he committed suicide.

12. Shooting in Lyndhurst gymnasium. On May 1, 1992, Eric Houston broke into his former school in Oliverherst, California, armed with a pump gun. He killed a teacher and 3 students, and also injured 9 more. He held more than 80 people hostage for eight hours before surrendering to the police.

11. The terrorist attack in Sacramento. On April 4, 1991, four young Vietnamese refugees attacked a store in Sacramento, California. This terrorist attack is considered the largest rescue operation to free hostages in America. There were more than 50 hostages, who were held on the gun for about 8 hours. Armed with three pistols and a gun, they killed three hostages and injured another 14. But as a result of the rescue operation, three terrorists were killed, and the latter surrendered to the authorities. The youngest of the terrorists was only 17 years old, and the oldest was only 21 years old.

10. Burnham. The Burnhams are American Protestant missionaries who have served in the Philippines for 17 years since 1986. They were part of a large group that was abducted by the Abu Sayyaf group, an Islamist separatist terrorist organization on May 27, 2001.Most of the group was shot or was released for a small ransom, but the terrorists asked for one million dollars for the Burnham. They were given $ 300,000, but the group still refused to release them until the Philippine army tried to save them on June 7, 2002. In this clash, Martin was shot in the chest with three shots, and Gracia was wounded in the right knee, but was saved.

9. The terrorist act in Beslan. This hostage-taking took place in Beslan, North Ossetia-Alania, at school No. 1 on September 1, 2004. A group of armed terrorists led by Shamil Basayev demanded the end of the Second Chechen War; they took more than 1,100 people hostage, including almost 800 children. Russian special forces stormed the building on the third day, as a result of which 380 hostages died, most of whom were children.

8. Roy Hallums. An American contractor, Roy Hallums, was abducted along with Roberto Tangonoy from the Philippines, Inus Devari from Nepal and three Iraqis in Baghdad on November 1, 2004. While the other hostages were released, Hallums remained in captivity. A video of Hallums with a long beard and a gun pointing at his head appeared on the web on January 25, 2005.In it, he appealed not to the US government, but to the Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi with a request for help. Gaddafi later ordered his release, and on September 7, 2005, he was released, along with an Iraqi prisoner.

7. The terrorist attack in the Amish school. On October 2, 2006, a gangster named Charles Carl Roberts took hostages at an Amish school in Bart Township, Pennsylvania, USA. Armed with a pistol, a gun and a rifle, he shot 10 girls, aged 6 to 13 years. He later committed suicide.

6. Eloa Pimentel. Eloa Pimentel, a 15-year-old girl from Brazil, was taken hostage on October 13, 2008, along with her friend, Neara de Silva. She was held captive for 100 hours, the longest captivity in São Paulo. Eloa and Neara worked on a school project with two other friends when her ex, Lidemberg Fernandez Alves attacked them with a pistol. Soon he freed the two boys, and on October 16, freed Silva. Later, everyone heard the shots and the police began to capture, they broke into the house and shot him, but before, he shot Eloa in the head and in the groin. Eloa died.

5. Operation Janbaz. The code name of the attack on the headquarters of the Pakistani army on October 10, 2009.Ten gangsters in military uniforms shot down the headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and killed 9 soldiers and 2 civilians. The fighters later entered the building, where 22 civilians were held until a rescue operation was conducted.

4. Hostage taking in Rizal park. This incident occurred when a dismissed Filipino police officer hijacked a tourist bus carrying 20 tourists on August 23, 2010. Rolando Mendoza was angry that he was fired from the police. And with this capture, he wanted to return the job, because he believed that he was illegally fired. In fact, he was incited by his brother, and he understood this when he was arrested. During the incident, the bus driver managed to escape, when the shooting began, in which a terrorist and eight hostages were killed, many hostages were injured. Failure of the police observed all over the world on TV and the Internet.

3. Incident in LaJu. The incident took place in Singapore on January 31, 1974, when four men, armed with machine guns and explosives, attacked the Shell Oil refinery in Pulau Buk to disrupt oil supplies from Singapore to other countries. They were able to blow up 3 out of 12 explosives.Afterwards, they hijacked a ferry bound for LaJu in an attempt to escape, and held 5 crew members as hostages. After 8 days of negotiations, they agreed to free their hostages in exchange for a safe move to the Middle East.

2. Flight 572. On May 8, 1972, a Boeing 707 passenger plane flying from Vienna to Tel Aviv was hijacked by a group of two men and two women from the terrorist organization Black September. The flight, which was led by an English pilot named Reginald Levy, landed at Lod Airport, where the raiders separated Jews from non-Jews. They also demanded the release of 315 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons. The rescue operation, codenamed Operation Isotop, was carried out by special forces of Sayeret Matkal the next day, as a result of which the men were killed and the women were captured alive.

1. Incident with the seizure of hostages in In-Amenas. On January 16, 2013, al-Qaida terrorists, led by Mukhtar Belmukhtar, captured 800 people in a natural gas field in Algeria. During the capture, 39 foreign hostages died. 29 terrorists were killed. A total of 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed, while three terrorists were captured when Algerian forces stormed the invaders on day 4 of captivity.


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