K&R News


2012-07-14 | Kidnappers Of Doctor Demand N100m Ransom
The kidnappers of a medical doctor in Rivers state, southsouth Nigeria, Dr Frank ThankGod Chukwudi, have demanded N100 million as ransome before they would set him free. Dr Chukwudi was kidnapped on Tuesday, 19 June at about 6.30 p.m. on his way from work in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

2012-07-14 | Tarn Taran police cremate body as unidentified
In a tragic incident, the 11-year old boy kidnapped from here on June 12 has been murdered. Adding to the family’s agony, the Tarn Taran police that had found the body of Sushant from near a drain, cremated it as it could not be identified. The police have arrested five people in this regard; but the kingpin named Prince, who was a neighbour of the boy, is still at large.

2012-07-14 | Palace maintains a "no ransom" policy in dealing with kidnapping
The Aquino administration reiterated its no-ransom policy following reports that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) reportedly demanded a P50-million ransom for the release of the Jordanian broadcast journalist who was reported missing since June 12, a Palace official said on Monday.

2012-07-14 | Unending brutality: As victims of violence laid to rest, more bodies pile up
While the police and Rangers appeared clueless about the perpetrators of the on-going violence, bodies of four more people were found stuffed in gunny bags. With two others shot dead in separate incidents of targeted killing, Tuesday’s death toll stood at six.

2012-07-14 | Colombian rebels release 2 kidnapped construction workers
The rebels were demanding a ransom of 70 million pesos (about $39,000) for the two workers, who were abducted in Puerto Rico, the police chief said.

2012-07-14 | A long, painful wait for body parts of a son
Rijo’s father and brother-in-law, who had flown to Lagos eight days back to take the remains of the body home, are now stay put there waiting to hear for a concrete answer from the Nigerian authorities about body identification. Paul Mathew, Rijo’s uncle, told The Hindu that the governor of the Nigerian province where the air crash took place had, a couple of days back, called a meeting of the relatives of the victims. He had told them that only 24 bodies could be identified so far and that the rest could be identified only after matching the DNAs of the victims and their immediate relatives. The process of collecting relatives’ blood samples was going on. Since Nigeria did not have the required lab facilities, the DNA matching would be done in the United States. This, the governor had said, would take about eight weeks.

2012-07-14 | Alleged kidnap boss killed in Zambo; Abu holding Jordanian journalist, 2 Filipino crew members
A suspected leader of a kidnap-for-ransom group who was implicated in several kidnappings including that of two Americans, was killed yesterday in a joint police- military “small unit operation” in Sacol Island, east of this city, a police official announced Monday.

2012-07-14 | Kidnap victims held for ransom
BASRA – Four oil workers kidnapped in late May near the Rumaila field are still being held, and their captors are demanding a $2 million ransom.

2012-07-13 | Bodies found near Russian jet wreckage
Due to the remoteness of the crash site, the bodies will be placed in nets and lifted by ropes to a helicoper, national search and rescue agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso said. They will be evacuated to the capital, Jakarta, for identification by family members.

2012-07-13 | Families hear no guarantee bodies will be recovered
Families of men who died in the Pike River disaster have been told there are no guarantees about the recovery of the bodies of their relatives.

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