The Latest: Taliban say they freed US and Australian hostage
The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The Taliban say they have freed two hostages — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — in southern Afghanistan, ending more than three years of their captivity. 1:45 p.m.
A British businessman and his Filipino wife have been rescued from their abductors in the southern They were freed after a gun battle with the kidnappers in the neighbouring Sulu region at about 17 UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the couple were "safe and well". Mr Hyrons, who is a dual
The Philippine army said a severed head was found on a remote island on Monday, five hours after the expiry of a ransom deadline set by Islamist militants who had threatened to execute one of four captives.
A British man and his wife rescued this week from Islamist captors in the Philippines' south say they were chained and threatened with beheading if they didn't deliver a ransom.
The couple, shaken but unharmed, told their nearly two-month ordeal to reporters after escaping during a firefight Monday between Philippine troops and the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group.
The husband, named by British authorities as Alan Hyrons, painted a "very humiliating and degrading" life in captivity, with little to eat in a haze of constant fear.
Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban
The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this May 3, 2019, photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks on the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban officials have told The Associated Press that three Taliban prisoners released by Kabul have been flown to Qatar for a swap for an American and an Australian hostage held by the insurgents.
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The group had threatened to kill a male hostage on April 25 if a ransom was not paid. Confirming the death, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau It is fighting for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines . Several of its factions have declared their allegiance to the militant group Islamic State.
"They chained our legs... It was very difficult, but we endured because we believe in God," his wife Wilma Hyrons said.
"One of them treated us well, but then he told me he would be the one assigned to cut off my head if the money does not arrive on time," she added.
Armed men abducted the couple on October 4 at the beach resort they run on the southern island of Mindanao, which makes up the southern third of the Philippines.
They were taken to Jolo island, which is the stronghold of the kidnap-for-ransom gang Abu Sayyaf, which has carried out some of the Philippines' worst attacks.
"We tried to scream but no one comes because they have the guns," the wife, who has Philippine origins, said.
She said the men pointed guns at her face, ordering her to call her brother so he would sell all their assets to raise their ransom, which the couple did not state.
California man held in Army veteran's death also facing kidnap charge after police find hostage in his home: reports
Police in Southern California arrested a man for the alleged murder of a 34-year-old old Army veteran and kidnapping when they found a hostage in the suspect’s home Monday, the Anaheim Police announced Wednesday, according to a report.Antonio Silva, 27, of Santa Ana, is suspected of killing Adrian Darren Bonar, 34, whose body was found wrapped in a tarp in the trunk of a Lexus found abandoned in Anaheim last month.
The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State militants calls on them to "see it in their hearts" to release him. In a video message released last Saturday, IS militants threatened to kill him. In a statement released via the Foreign Office, his wife Barbara said that his purpose in being in
U.S. Hostage Freed In Philippines . By CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff. The Aby Sayyaf had threatened to kill Schilling several times earlier in his captivity. Four rebels were killed in one clash earlier Thursday. The military says it has now killed seven Abu Sayyaf guerrillas since Arroyo
Their chance for escape came after several days of firefights between the military and the kidnappers, which saw at least five of the gunmen killed.
"It's something you see on films and you take it to be a film. But in real life it's terrifying," the husband said, describing the final gun battle.
"There were only 10 of them when we escaped... It was the commander who got hit first so I told Alan, let us run. We should not wait here to be killed," the wife added.
Muslim separatists have led a decades-long insurgency in the south of the Catholic-majority Philippines, which has led to the death of tens of thousands of people.
While the government has negotiated peace with the largest group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, hardline factions allied with the Islamic State group are not part of the accord.
Abu Sayyaf has previously kidnapped foreign missionaries, businessmen, Western tourists and merchant seamen.
Dutch birdwatcher Ewold Horn, who was kidnapped in 2012 in the southern Philippines, was killed in May during a firefight between his Abu Sayyaf captors and the military.
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Airports, courts and schools were shut in the Philippine capital as Typhoon Kammuri threatens to unleash damaging winds and torrential rains along its path. © Bloomberg Residential property stand along the waterfront in Manila, the Philippines, on Friday, June 14, 2019. Kammuri slammed into the Philippines’ Luzon island before midnight on Monday after more than 225,000 people have moved to safer ground.