7 Oct 2022
Two French detainees were shown on TV saying they had been plotting to take down the Iranian regime. France has said the spectacle was staged and illegal.
22 Aug 2022
Security forces have ended a siege by al Qaeda-linked militants at a hotel in Somalia's capital in which more than 20 people were killed and dozens injured, authorities said on Sunday.
8 Oct 2021
Heavily armed gangs have been stepping up raids on schools and villages in northwestern Nigeria, often taking hostages for ransom.
20 Apr 2021
Several police officers who were seized by anti-France demonstrators from radical Islamist group TLP have been freed. Protesters want the French ambassador to the country expelled in an ongoing dispute over blasphemy.
30 Nov 2019
Afghanistan has freed three Taliban figures for the release of two Western hostages. Officials hope the exchange will help rekindle peace talks with the militant group.
11 May 2019
Two French people, an American and a South Korean were freed in the operation. The French military was at first unaware of two of the hostages.