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Former Hostage Says Husband Abused Her in Captivity

Canadian Joshua Boyle loses custody of children

(Newser) - Caitlan Coleman, the American woman held hostage in Afghanistan for 5 years , says her own husband made the ordeal much worse. In court papers obtained by the Ottawa Citizen , the 32-year-old Coleman says Joshua Boyle, her 34-year-old Canadian husband, became mentally and physically abusive, confining her to a shower stall... More »

After Call for Ceasefire, Taliban Seize 100 Hostages

Women, children taken from buses

(Newser) - The Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses Monday on a road in northern Afghanistan and took more than 100 people hostage, including women and children, in the latest brazen assault by insurgents, provincial officials say. The ambush came despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's announcement of a conditional ceasefire with... More »

Woman Killed in Hostage Standoff at Trader Joe's

Man in custody after shooting grandmother, car chase, gun battle, taking hostages

(Newser) - A California domestic dispute spiraled out of control Saturday, ending with the death of a complete stranger. Police say that an unidentified 28-year-old male got in a fight with his grandmother, shot her at least seven times, then forced another female into the grandmother's Toyota and fled, reports the... More »

4 Kids Dead After Orlando Standoff

Gunman found dead in closet, police say

(Newser) - After nearly 24 hours, a standoff in Orlando ended with the outcome police were dreading. Police say all four children who'd been held hostage in a west Orlando apartment complex were found dead after SWAT officers entered the unit, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "A short time ago we... More »

A Gunman Is Holding 4 Kids Hostage in Florida

Suspect shot a police officer during standoff

(Newser) - A man who police say shot an officer then barricaded himself in an apartment with four children was being urged Monday to release the hostages and peacefully end a standoff that had lasted more than 12 hours, the AP reports. Police negotiators have communicated with suspect Gary Lindsey five times... More »

Gunman, 3 Hostages Dead at Calif. Veterans Home

Albert Wong, 36, had been expelled from the facility

(Newser) - A hostage standoff at a California veterans home ended Friday with a grim discovery: four dead bodies, including the gunman's. Authorities say Albert Wong, 36, a decorated Army rifleman, crept into the Veterans Home of California-Yountville with a high-powered rifle and held three mental health workers hostage for hours... More »

Hostage Situation at Largest Veterans Home in US

Police have gunman, 3 hostages surrounded at Veterans Home of California

(Newser) - Three people were being held hostage by a gunman Friday afternoon at the largest veterans home in the US, CNN reports. According to KCRA , shots were reported fired in the dining room of the Veterans Home of California in Napa Valley around 10:20am. Authorities say the gunman, who is... More »

Story of Freed Hostages Takes Disturbing Twist

Canada's Joshua Boyle charged with sex assault and confinement

(Newser) - A Canadian man recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan has been arrested and faces at least a dozen charges including sexual assault, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Eric Granger said Joshua Boyle also faces assault and forcible confinement charges, and was... More »

Freed Hostage Mom Played Beheading Game With Son

In an effort to make him less afraid, says Caitlan Coleman Boyle

(Newser) - The American hostage mom who was freed five years after being captured by the Taliban-related Haqqani network is detailing the abuse she suffered to ABC News in hopes that those responsible will see some measure of justice for the "human rights violations" committed against the family. Caitlan Coleman Boyle,... More »

Rough Weekend for 'Broken' Freed Family

Joshua Boyle says he and his wife didn't think the adjustment to freedom would be so hard

(Newser) - After five years in captivity, freedom is a lot harder than Joshua Boyle expected. The Canadian man tells CNN he and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are suffering. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," he says. After arriving in Toronto... More »

During Dramatic Rescue, a Shout of 'Kill the Hostages'

But Canadian-American abductees were freed; they may wind up living in Canada

(Newser) - Hidden in the trunk of a car traveling through northwest Pakistan Wednesday, a US-Canadian family of five suddenly heard gunfire, followed by a cry from one of their abductors. "Kill the hostages," the man shouted, per the New York Times . After a short firefight, however, Pakistani forces pulled... More »

5 Years, 3 Kids Later, Couple Is Freed From Taliban Group

American Caitlan Coleman, family are 'safe and sound'

(Newser) - An American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children born during five years in Taliban captivity are finally free. Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle, both in their 30s, and their three children were rescued by Pakistani security forces shortly after the family crossed into the country on Wednesday, Pakistan'... More »

Machete-Wielding Man Takes 9 Hostage at Bank

It doesn't appear to be an attempted robbery

(Newser) - A machete-wielding man was arrested Friday in Tennessee after taking nine people hostage inside a bank, ABC News reports. According to WZTV , the situation started around 2:45pm at the Community First Bank & Trust in Columbia. Police say it's unclear why the suspect took hostages at the bank,... More »

Fired Dishwasher Kills Chef at Charleston Restaurant: Cops

Hostage situation is now over

(Newser) - A fired dishwasher shot and killed a chef and held one person hostage for about three hours before he was shot by police at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy area of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, authorities and one of the restaurant's owners said. The hostages were... More »

Mali Extremists Release Video of 6 Western Hostages

One of them has been held since 2011

(Newser) - An al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages, a group that monitors jihadist communications says, shortly before the French president arrived in the West African country for an anti-terror summit. The recently formed Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen issued the video Saturday on Telegram, the... More »

Correctional Officer Dead After Inmates Take Over Building

The prison is now secure: corrections officials

(Newser) - A correctional officer is dead following a hostage situation inside a Delaware prison. After Building C at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center was taken by inmates on Wednesday, Delaware State Police entered and secured the building around 5am Thursday, reports the Delaware News Journal . Two employees were found inside, one... More »

Delaware Inmates Blame Trump for Hostage-Taking

'We know that the institution is going to change for the worse'

(Newser) - Authorities negotiated into the evening Wednesday for the release of the last two of four corrections department workers taken hostage by inmates at a Delaware prison, the AP reports. Earlier in the day, inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna reached out to the News Journal in... More »

Kidnapped Teachers Have a Message for Trump

American, Australian seen in Taliban video

(Newser) - The Taliban released a video Wednesday showing an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in August, the first time they've been seen since their abduction. The two men, an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian identified as Timothy Weekes, were abducted outside the American University of... More »

Families Try to Flee Aleppo, Rebels Stop Them: Report

As conditions have gone from 'terrible to terrifying and now barely survivable'

(Newser) - A Syrian monitoring group alleged Tuesday that rebels are preventing dozens of families from fleeing eastern Aleppo as Russian-backed government forces intensify their bombardment of the besieged quarter, the AP reports. Such claims are difficult to verify and often distorted due to propaganda, but Syrian and Russian state media maintain... More »

Emotional Day: Chibok Girls Reunite With Families

Nigeria trying to negotiate return of others—but 100-plus don't seem to want to leave

(Newser) - Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria were released last week, and on Sunday, they had what they've been wishing for for more than two years: reunions with their families. It was an emotional scene at a welcome-home ceremony in Nigeria's capital,... More »

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