ASIA

Afghanistan

11 October Two Pakistani engineers were released by their kidnappers in the north of the country after being kidnapped on 7 September from Dasht-e-Laila while working for a construction company. Their driver, who was kidnapped with them, was later killed. One of the freed men said he was held blindfolded and chained for 33 days and the kidnappers were young men who kept demanding a ransom. The Provincial police chief said that elders and influential personalities played a vital part in securing the release of the men. He added that a group of kidnappers and not the Taliban were responsible.

India

11 October The body of Rudrakasha Handa (7) was found in a canal at Jakmund village, Bundi, Jaipur, 15 hours after he had been kidnapped from a wealthy residential area in Kota. The kidnapper had demanded Rs 2 crore (USD331,000) from the victim’s father, Punit Handa, a manager at Central Cooperative Bank in Bundi. The boy had been playing in a park near his house at around 5:30pm when he was kidnapped by an unknown man. At 7:30pm, the kidnapper called his father and threatened to kill his victim unless the ransom was paid quickly.

28 October A police spokesman said that Sekhawat, a trader, had been killed by his kidnappers from A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) in the East Garo Hills even after a ransom was paid. The kidnappers had demanded an initial ransom of Rs. 1 crore (USD165,600) but had settled for a payment of Rs. 16 lakhs (USD26,500). Five ASAK members were arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killing..

Pakistan

10 October A spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry announced the release in Afghanistan of Bernd Muhlenbeck, an aid worker, who was kidnapped in Pakistan early in 2012. The circumstances for his release were not given.

FAR EAST

Malaysia

6 October The police extended the curfew in Sabah’s east coast to 21 October to prevent criminal activities including smuggling and kidnap-for-ransom.

Philippines

17 October Dr. Stefan Viktor Okonek (70s) and Henrike Dielen (50s), both German citizens, were released near Zamboanga City by their Abu Sayyaf kidnappers. The victims had been kidnapped from their yacht on 25 April after it broke down while sailing from Palawan to Borneo. The kidnappers had threatened to behead one of the victims if their ransom demand was not met. Abu Rami, a spokesman for the Abu Sayyaf militants, stated that the full ransom of 250 million pesos (USD5.6 million) had been paid. A spokesman for the Philippines government described Abu Rami’s remarks as “propaganda” and added the government had not sanctioned any payment. Later reports quote “multiple sources” as saying Abu Sayyaf received at least part of the ransom money. Al Kataib, who claimed to be an associate of Abu Rami, declined to comment on how much money had been paid or give details about who paid it during a telephone call with reporters in Zamboanga City.

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