hostage taking


hostage taking
act of forcefully taking captives and using them as security until certain demands are met

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Ouvéa cave hostage taking — The Ouvéa cave hostage taking was an event occurring from April 22, 1988 to May 5, 1988 in which members of the separatist group the National Union for Independence Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front took 27 including a French gendarme …   Wikipedia

  • Ennepetal hostage taking — On April 12, 2005, at around 1 p.m. local time, a 50 year old Iranian national seized a regular bus with a number of school children in the town of Ennepetal, Germany in the state of North Rhine Westphalia.The kidnapper entered the bus at a bus… …   Wikipedia

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  • Hostage — A hostage is a person or entity which is held by a captor. The original definition meant that this was handed over by one of two belligerent parties to the other or seized as security for the carrying out of an agreement, or as a preventive… …   Wikipedia

  • hostage — An innocent person held captive by one who threatens to kill or harm him if his demands are not met. A person who is given into the possession of the enemy, in time of war, his freedom (or life) to stand as security for the performance of some… …   Black's law dictionary

  • hostage — An innocent person held captive by one who threatens to kill or harm him if his demands are not met. A person who is given into the possession of the enemy, in time of war, his freedom (or life) to stand as security for the performance of some… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Hostage (novel) — Hostage is a 2001 thriller novel by Robert Crais, set in Bristo Bay, California, about a small town police chief named Jeff Talley with memories of a failed hostage situation, who must negotiate the same type of situation in his own town if he… …   Wikipedia

  • hostage — /ˈhɒstɪdʒ / (say hostij) noun 1. a person given or held as a security for the performance of certain actions as the payment of ransom, etc. 2. Obsolete the condition of a hostage. 3. a security or pledge. –phrase 4. give a hostage to fortune, to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hostage — A person held as a pledge that certain terms or agreements will be kept. (The taking of hostages is forbidden under the Geneva Conventions, 1949.) …   Military dictionary


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