November 30, 2001 |
Armed men kidnapped a German businessman in Yemen, said security officials and the German Embassy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The kidnapping came as Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh continued a visit to Germany. The German was in his car in the diplomatic area of Sana, the capital, when five armed men bundled him into their vehicle. When troops in the area opened fire, the kidnappers sped away, the officials said.
August 14, 2010 |
Felix Perez Rocha, a plastic surgeon, had finished a liposuction and was starting another procedure when gunmen burst into his operating room and hauled the terrified doctor away. The kidnapping at a high-end clinic in the affluent business hub of Monterrey immediately suggested one of the more cinematic chapters of drug-trafficking lore. A narco kingpin forcing a surgeon to alter his looks and help him evade the law? It has happened before. But on Friday, state prosecutors in Monterrey said it appeared that Perez's patient was the target, not the doctor.
October 29, 2010 |
Armed men opened fire on buses carrying assembly-plant workers near the Texas border early Thursday, killing four people and wounding 15 others in the latest spasm of violence to rattle Mexico. Authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua said the victims, identified as employees of a U.S. car-upholstery plant called Eagle Ottawa, were riding home about 1 a.m. when three company buses came under fire outside Ciudad Juarez. Officials said they had not determined a motive. Witnesses said gunmen jumped aboard looking for a male passenger.
June 13, 2010 |
Armed men wearing police-commando uniforms briefly overran Iraq's Central Bank on Sunday, killing at least 24 people in a brazen daylight assault and sowing panic and confusion in the heart of Baghdad's busiest commercial district. The corpses of seven more men wearing uniforms and suspected of being among the assailants were found inside the bank after police finally entered, four hours after the assault began. At least 46 people were injured. Some of the casualties were civilians caught in explosions or gunfire outside the bank, and others were employees trapped inside, police said.
December 22, 2011 |
Gunmen opened fire Thursday on three passenger buses in the violence-racked state of Veracruz, killing at least seven people, Mexican authorities said. All five attackers were killed in a shootout with federal security forces after the attack, which took place on a rural highway near Panuco in the northern part of the coastal state. State spokeswoman Gina Dominguez said the gunmen were suspected in a separate attack earlier Thursday in El Higo, another town not far from the border with Tamaulipas state.
April 25, 2010 |
Gunmen armed with high-caliber weapons ambushed the top security official in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state early Saturday, wounding her and killing at least four other people. Minerva Bautista Gomez, public security minister for Michoacan state, had just left ceremonies in Morelia launching a state fair, which she attended with the governor and other high-ranking officials. Within a mile, her armored SUV and bodyguard escort came under fire from assailants who had blocked the highway with a disabled trailer, trapping the minister and her entourage.
October 11, 2009 |
In a brazen attack on Pakistan's military nerve center, gunmen disguised in army uniforms broke into the grounds of the country's army headquarters today, sparking a furious firefight that left four attackers and six military personnel dead. By late Saturday, the tense scene at the compound had evolved into a hostage crisis. As many as five gunmen remained holed up in a security building and were holding 10 to 15 security officers and civilian workers as hostages, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
January 16, 1987 |
Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire today on a limousine carrying the Romanian ambassador to Lebanon but he escaped unhurt, police said. They said it was not clear whether the gunmen were trying to kidnap or kill the envoy, Florea Chitu, who was on the road to Beirut Airport. Amal militiamen escorted the envoy to his embassy in West Beirut, they said.
April 2, 2008 |
Gunmen fired on a car carrying United Nations aid workers and abducted a Briton and a Kenyan in southern Somalia, officials and witnesses said. The Briton may have been wounded in the leg. The workers' employer, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, was unavailable to confirm the incident or the nationalities of the hostages.
September 18, 1993 |
About 100 gunmen disrupted the investiture ceremony for Haiti's foreign minister Friday, threatening Prime Minister Robert Malval and his ministers, witnesses said. The leaders took cover in an anteroom at the Foreign Ministry. The gunmen allowed them to leave after 90 minutes. There were no reports of injuries, but witnesses said several police officers and army soldiers did nothing to hinder the gunmen.