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.
July 19, 2010 |
The announcement went out on Facebook, an open invitation summoning revelers to a birthday party at the Italia Inn in the northern Mexican city of Torreon. But early Sunday, as musicians serenaded amid food, drink and dancing, gunmen burst into the party, blocked the exits and, saying not a word, opened fire, killing 17 men and women and injuring a similar number. It was one of the highest single-incident death tolls since the beginning of Mexico's raging drug war, which has claimed nearly 25,000 lives from the time that President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led offensive against powerful narcotics cartels in December 2006.
December 11, 2009 |
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- Gunmen raided a remote Philippine village before dawn Thursday and abducted at least 75 people in a restive southern province, an army spokesman said. Within hours the assailants had freed 18 captives, 17 of them children, amid negotiations with government officials, authorities said. They freed nine others today and are demanding that murder charges be dropped The incident was the second recent mass abduction in the Philippines.
April 20, 2010 |
Suspected Taliban gunmen burst into a mosque and gunned down the deputy mayor of Kandahar at his prayers, officials said Tuesday -- a brazen attack that underscored the immense challenges faced by Western forces as they push to restore law and order in the volatile southern city. Kandahar and its surrounding districts are the focus of an expected drive this spring and summer to try to expel the Taliban and establish credible governance in Afghanistan's second-largest population center.
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.
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.
September 22, 2008 |
The Honduran government said a U.S. hotelier was kidnapped by gunmen but his young son escaped. Security Vice Minister Mario Perdomo said Thomas Jacobson, 55, was abducted Saturday and forced into a car in the parking lot of his Gran Hotel Sula on the Atlantic coast. Four gunmen accosted Jacobson while he was getting into his car. Gran Hotel Sula officials said the family would not comment. Jacobson has lived in Honduras for 15 years. The government did not give his hometown in the United States.