Briefs, February 3, 2013

Iran’s Qaher-313 fighter jet is unveiled yesterday. Photo: AFP

As a police stand-off with a man accused of holding a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker entered its fifth day, authorities were saying little except that their talks with the 65-year-old loner were continuing through a ventilation pipe.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 5:26am

Algeria survivors and dead arrive in Tokyo

Three of the Algeria siege victims’ coffins are saluted by air crew as they are carried away from the Japanese government plane. Photo: AP

Haneda Airport officials used black umbrellas to shield those getting off the government plane from the glare of cameras. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida stood alongside officials from engineering firm JGC, which employed all the Japanese caught up in the siege, bowing deeply after the coffins were brought out from the plane's cargo hold.



26 Jan 2013 - 4:28am

Japan confirms two more Algeria dead

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Tokyo on Wednesday said it had confirmed the deaths of two more Japanese in last week’s hostage seige at an Algerian gas plant, taking the country’s total toll to nine, with one still unaccounted for.

23 Jan 2013 - 11:03pm

Survivors of hostage ordeal in Algeria return home to Japan and Philippines

Joseph Balmaceda explains how the gunmen used him and other foreign hostages as human shields during the ordeal. Photo: EPA

At least seven Japanese and six Filipinos died during the four-day hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant, it emerged yesterday, as survivors returned to Asia recalling their horrific ordeal.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmakek Sellal said a total of 37 foreign workers died and seven were still missing after the attack, co-ordinated by a Canadian.

22 Jan 2013 - 6:43am

15 burned bodies found at Algeria gas plant:source

Roadblocks prevent the access of the Tigentourine gas plant where hostages have been kidnapped by islamic militants. Photo: AP

Algerian special forces on Saturday found 15 burned bodies at the desert gas plant attacked by al Qaeda-linked fighters, a source familiar with the unfolding hostage crisis there said.

An investigation was in progress to try and identify the bodies, which were found after the Algerian army launched an operation to free dozens of foreign and Algerian workers at the gas plant.

19 Jan 2013 - 8:02pm

Survivor Alexandre Berceaux and others tell of terrifying ordeal

An Algerian guard gestures at the main entrance of a hospital in In Amenas, as people wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility. Photo: Reuters

Many of them had explosives wrapped around their necks. Others hid, petrified, under beds, in gaps above ceilings or wherever they could for nearly two days.

The ordeals suffered by workers caught up in the hostage drama at an Algerian gas field began to emerge yesterday as the first survivors to make contact with friends and family started to tell their horrifying stories.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Hostage-taker has jail term increased

A man who held his ex-girlfriend hostage for nine hours and held a cutter to her neck had his jail term increased. Yiu Man-chun, 46, who was given 18 months for false imprisonment and wounding, had this raised to two years and nine months after a Court of Appeal review. The offence took place in April last year, months after Yiu was freed from jail after stabbing the woman, 24, in 2009.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Crucial questions that were never answered

Key questions have not been answered despite two costly probes into the Manila hostage killings.

Was any hostage killed by stray bullets? Could any of the slain victims have survived if prompt medical treatment had been given? What transpired in negotiations with gunman Rolando Mendoza?

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

I heard blood dripping, says hijack survivor

A survivor shot by the gunman in the Manila bus tragedy told an inquest that he heard blood dripping and victims breathing during a period of silence following the shooting rampage.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Hijack survivor recalls attack, shot by shot

A survivor of last year's hostage tragedy in Manila, who hid under her seat during the shootings on board a tour bus, yesterday gave a full account of the killings that claimed the lives of eight Hongkongers.

Lee Ying-chuen, 36, told the third day of the Hong Kong inquest into the killings that she heard continuous gunshots as the gunman walked down the aisle of the bus.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Extreme measures

So, the Security Bureau is now (at the time of writing) telling us that the Philippines is two colour warnings more dangerous to travel to than Indonesia, where bomb attacks are a threat, and flood-devastated, military-drone-stalked Pakistan. In those two countries, we should merely 'exercise caution', as, we're told, we should in Iran, Nepal and Thailand.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Man held after trying to take hostage at airport

A man has been detained by police in Chengdu after attempting to force his way into the city's international airport armed with a starter's pistol.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

TV anchor survives hostage drama

Gunman kills himself, Sichuan presenter hit

A Sichuan television anchorwoman narrowly escaped death after a dramatic hostage standoff that saw more than 300 police officers surround her car while a man in the backseat held a gun to her head.

8 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Marksman kills knife-wielding hostage-taker

Police in Guizhou province shot dead a knife-wielding man who took a woman hostage on a city bus and then demanded guns and 1 million yuan (HK$1.13 million) in cash, a spokesman for the Guiyang police bureau said yesterday.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


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