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2012-08-28 | Freed Kuwaiti hostage welcomed back home – Houti narrates kidnap ordeal, denies any ransom paid
Houti was kidnapped in front of his house in Housh Al-Ghanam village in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley last Saturday. The kidnappers contacted the father of his Lebanese wife (he is also married to a Kuwaiti and an American) and demanded $2 million in ransom for releasing him. After intense pressure was put on the kidnappers from the Lebanese government, Houti was released without paying any ransom. “As far as I know, I was told that no ransom was paid to release me, although I was kidnapped for money and not for any political or religious reason,” he stated after his arrival yesterday.

2012-08-27 | Security forces free Kuwaiti after manhunt in eastern Lebanon
BEIRUT: Lebanese security forces freed a Kuwaiti man from his captors Monday, two days after his kidnapping in east Lebanon, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has said.

2012-08-25 | Kuwaiti man latest Lebanon kidnap victim
A security official said there had been a number of kidnappings for ransom that are unrelated to political tensions or the conflict gripping neighbouring Syria.

2012-08-25 | Mexico to probe shooting that left 2 US government officials injured
The two American workers were taken to a hospital in the nearby resort city of Cuernavaca. One had a gunshot wound in his leg and the other was wounded in the stomach and a hand, said a Mexican government official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hospital officials in Cuernavaca said the wounded were later transferred to a hospital in Mexico City in stable condition.

2012-08-23 | Oil and gas company: 4 foreign workers kidnapped off Nigeria coast freed, in good health
The four men were in good health when officials recovered them Wednesday night from the Niger Delta region, said spokeswoman Corrie van Kessel of the Sea Trucks Group, an oil and gas contractor with offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She said the men received medical checkups after their release and were safe.

2012-08-23 | Nigerian faces extradition as he stands accused of kidnapping an American
Alibofi is accused of conspiring with five others namely; Osinachi Felix, Koko Basile, Alobofi Ifeakachukwu, Awiligbame and Bocobabho Fernand Comlan, to kidnap Kenneth Chawn Bischoff, an American.

2012-08-23 | Md. man charged with $300K child kidnap-for-hire plot, police say
ELKTON, Md. - Authorities have arrested a Maryland man they say plotted to abduct a 10-year-old boy from a family he knew, and demand a $300,000 ransom

2012-08-23 | Philippine police rescue kidnapped US toddler
Police in the Philippines say they have rescued a 2-year-old American boy who was kidnapped for ransom from his home in northern Pampanga province. Two kidnappers were arrested.

2012-08-23 | Pirates grow wealthy — and get own letterhead
In 2011, Somali piracy cost the world economy $7 billion and earned the pirates some $160 million in ransoms, according to a recent report by the International Maritime Bureau.

2012-08-16 | Local Indian in great Jolo escape as kidnappers nap
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 10, (Agencies): A 37-year-old Indian man, identified as Bijo Kolara Veetil, who was allegedly kidnapped by the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines and held for 14 months reportedly escaped from his captors Friday.

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