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Kidnappings soar in Mexico as drug gangs seek new income
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Daniel Escobedo was driving to school when he stopped for what he thought was a security check at a roadblock in the Mexican city of Juarez , across the border from El Paso, Texas . Worried about being late for class, he hurriedly handed his driver's license to the two uniformed men, who he thought were police officers. Moments later, two dar....(more) (added: Apr 24, 2008 at 07:23 am)

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New crime fad: Exploiting Real Fears With ‘Virtual Kidnappings’
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The phone call begins with the cries of an anguished child calling for a parent: “Mama! Papa!” The youngster’s sobs are quickly replaced by a husky male voice that means business. “We’ve got your child,” he says in rapid-fire Spanish, usually adding an expletive for effect and then rattling off a list of demands that might include cash or jewels ....(more) (added: Apr 29, 2008 at 10:13 am)

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Kidnapping for ransom leads San Jose police on frantic hunt, wild rescue
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An apparent kidnapping-for-ransom set San Jose police on a frantic hunt for the kidnappers and their victim. It ended when police arrested several suspects and the victim -- who had been bound with duct tape -- threw himself out a second floor window. (added: Nov 07, 2010 at 07:46 am)

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The mysterious kidnapping of Bi Kidude, the world's oldest pop star
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A new film explores the disappearance of this fierce centenarian who was a leading figure in East African taraab musicAged 102, Bi Kidude, the gravel-voiced singer known her raucous sense of humour and her love of cigarettes, suddenly vanished from her home. Amid an explosion of intrigue and speculation, friends and fans on the island of Zanzibar, ....(more) (added: Jun 15, 2016 at 06:42 am)

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Gunmen kidnap two Australians and a New Zealander in Nigeria
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Police say local driver was killed in attack on group of workers from Australian company Macmahon, contractors for cement company Lafarge Africa Two Australians and a New Zealander have been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria who killed their local driver in an early morning attack.The workers, two of who....(more) (added: Jun 22, 2016 at 06:42 pm)

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China behaving like 'gangster' state with bookseller kidnap, say Hong Kong politicians
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Calls for Beijing to behave in accordance with law after Lam Wing-kee reveals he was abducted by Chinese special forcesPro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong have accused Beijing of political thuggery after a local bookseller claimed he had been kidnapped by Chinese “special forces” as part of a coordinated bid to....(more) (added: Jun 16, 2016 at 10:42 pm)

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Seven mining workers freed after being kidnapped in Nigeria
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Two Nigerians and five foreign workers – three Australians, a New Zealander and a South African – are released four days after a deadly attack on their convoy Seven men kidnapped in a deadly attack in Nigeria have been released.The men, who work for Perth-based mining company Macmahon Holdings, were in a group....(more) (added: Jun 26, 2016 at 06:42 pm)

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Colma police looking for suspect in Halloween night kidnapping, attempted sexual assault
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A "bold" attack on a young woman walking back from a Halloween party early Thursday morning has Colma police searching for a man now suspected of kidnapping and attempted sexual assault. The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mission Road, a commercial area of Colma near some of the town's cemetery grounds, a....(more) (added: Nov 02, 2007 at 11:08 pm)

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12-year-old girl San Jose kidnapped
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A 12-year-old San Jose girl walking home from the store with her kid sister was kidnapped and possibly sexually assaulted today before she was able to get free, police said. The girl was grabbed off the street around 2:17 p.m. near Gardendale Drive and Barbara Way. The sister ran home and alerted her mother, ....(more) (added: Oct 09, 2007 at 12:40 am)

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Gunmen kidnap seven, including Australians, in Nigeria
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Gunmen in southern Nigeria have killed a local driver and kidnapped as many as seven people, at least three of whom are Australian citizens and one an Australian resident, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday. There was some initial confusion over the number of victims and nationalities ....(more) (added: Jun 22, 2016 at 09:42 pm)

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