April 30, 1988 |
A pledge by Kuwait to give "early release" to a handful of Shia Muslim prisoners persuaded the hijackers of a Kuwait Airways Boeing 747 to end their 15-day siege in Algiers on April 20, and free 31 remaining hostages, U.S. officials said Friday. However, the five or six prisoners in question, among 17 imprisoned in Kuwait for bomb attacks on the U.S. and French embassies in 1981, have not been released, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
August 21, 1987 |
Western hostages held by extremist groups in Lebanon could be freed in a trade involving Shia Muslim prisoners held in Israel and Kuwait, Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said in an NBC interview broadcast Thursday. The U.S. State Department promptly rejected the Iranian suggestion, but Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said he will look at the proposal.
April 7, 1988 |
The hijackers holding a Kuwaiti jetliner at an airport in northeastern Iran released 32 more passengers early today but warned that the remaining hostages will be in "serious danger" if their demands are not met, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. The release of the 32 left about 50 passengers and crew members on the plane, according to IRNA. The gunmen said Wednesday that they would order the plane to fly elsewhere if their demands were not met.
April 6, 1988 |
Arab gunmen seeking the release of 17 convicted terrorists imprisoned in Kuwait hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet Tuesday and forced it to fly to Iran, where they threatened to kill several members of the Kuwaiti royal family who were among the 112 hostage passengers and crew members.
August 6, 1990 |
Fifteen convicted Shiite Muslim militants whose fate is linked to that of American and other Western hostages in Lebanon have been moved to Baghdad from a Kuwaiti jail, a Kuwaiti diplomat said Sunday. The men were convicted of taking part in a 1983 bombing campaign against the Kuwaiti government ousted last week by invading Iraqi forces. Their freedom has long been a key demand of hostage-takers including Islamic Jihad, which has held at least two Americans for more than five years.
June 7, 1990 |
President Hashemi Rafsanjani urged the United States to press Israel and Kuwait to release Muslim prisoners in exchange for help in gaining freedom for Western hostages in Lebanon. Iran and the pro-Iranian captors have often demanded that Israel free about 350 Muslim prisoners. But it was the first time in months that an Iranian leader referred to 15 Shiite Muslims jailed in Kuwait since 1984 for fatal car bombings.