List of hostage crises

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This is a list of notable hostage crises by date.

Incident Place Start Duration
2014 Moscow school shooting Russia Moscow, Russia 3 February 2014 Approximately 2 hours
Westgate shopping mall attack Kenya Nairobi, Kenya 21 September 2013 3 days
Zamboanga City crisis Philippines Zamboanga City, Philippines 9 September 2013 19 days
August, 2013 Islamabad Hostage Drama Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan 15 August 2013 6 hours
2013 Hialeah shooting United States Hialeah, Florida 26 July 2013 Approximately 3 hours
2013 Alabama bunker hostage crisis United States Midland City, Alabama 29 January 2013 6 days
In Amenas hostage crisis Algeria In Amenas, Algeria 16 January 2013 6 days
2012 Bain murder-kidnappings United States Whiteville, Tennessee / Alpine, Mississippi, United States 27 April 2012 13 days
2011 Hectorville siege Australia Hectorville, South Australia, Australia 29 April 2011 8 hours
2010 Panama City school board shootings United States Panama City, Florida, United States 14 December 2010 Unknown
October 2010 Baghdad church attack Iraq Baghdad, Iraq 31 October 2010 About 4 hours
2010 Discovery Communications headquarters hostage crisis United States Silver Spring, Maryland, United States 1 September 2010 About 5 hours
2010 Manila hostage crisis Philippines Manila, Philippines 23 August 2010 10 hours 30 mins
May 2010 attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan 28 May 2010 Some hours
October 2009 Lahore attacks Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan 15 October 2009 1 hour 30 mins
2009 Pakistan Army General Headquarters attack Pakistan Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan 10 October 2009 1 day
The Lakes Hotel Rosebery siege Australia Rosebery, New South Wales, Australia 31 May 2009 5 hours
2009 Binghamton shootings United States Binghamton, New York, United States 3 April 2009 1 day
2009 Lahore police academy attacks Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan 30 March 2009 Some hours
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Mutiny Bangladesh Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh 25 February 2009 2 days
November 2008 Mumbai attacks India Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 26 November 2008 3 days
Eloá Pimentel hostage crisis Brazil Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil 13 October 2008 4 days
Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis United States Rochester, New Hampshire, United States 30 November 2007 About 5 hours
South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan Afghanistan En route from Kandahar to Kabul, Afghanistan 19 July 2007 42 days
Siege of Lal Masjid Pakistan Lal Masjid, Islamabad, Pakistan 3 July 2007 9 days
Johnson Space Center shooting United States Houston, Texas, United States 20 April 2007 About 3 hours
Amish school shooting United States Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States 2 October 2006 Some hours
Platte Canyon High School shooting United States Bailey, Colorado, United States 27 September 2006 About 4 hours
Seattle Jewish Federation shooting United States Seattle, Washington, United States 28 July 2006 Approximately 15 minutes
Chrobog family kidnapping Yemen Yemen 28 December 2005 3 days
October 2005 Nalchik attack Russia Nalchik, Russia 13 October 2005 Some hours
Ennepetal hostage taking Germany Ennepetal, Germany 12 April 2005 About 6 hours
Beslan school hostage crisis Russia Beslan, Russia 1 September 2004 3 days
2004 Khobar massacre Saudi Arabia Khobar, Saudi Arabia 29 May 2004 25 hours
Sahara hostage crisis 2003 Algeria Algeria 22 January 2003 208 days
Moscow theater hostage crisis Russia Moscow, Russia 23 October 2002 2½ days
Akshardham Temple attack India Gujarat, India 24 September 2002 2 days
Dos Palmas kidnappings Philippines Palawan, Philippines 27 May 2001 Varied period
Operation Barras Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 10 October 2000 17 days
Bus 174 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12 June 2000 Some hours
Operations 304 Malaysia Perak, Malaysia 5 June 2000 3 days
Fiji coup of 2000 Fiji Suva, Fiji 19 May 2000 56 days
2000 Sipadan Kidnapping Crisis Philippines Jolo, Philippines 23 April 2000 Varied period
Standoff of Joseph C. Palczynski United States Dundalk, Maryland 17 March 2000 4 days
Indian Airlines Flight 814 Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal / India India / United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE / Afghanistan Kandahar, Afghanistan 24 December 1999 8 days
Japanese embassy hostage crisis Peru Lima, Peru 17 December 1996 126 days
Black Sea hostage crisis Turkey Trabzon, Turkey / Russia Sochi, Russia 16 January 1996 4 days
Kizlyar-Pervomayskoye hostage crisis Russia Kizlyar and Pervomayskoye, Russia 9 January 1996 9 days
1995 Urologico San Roman Tragedy Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela 23 June 1995 6 Hours
1995 kidnapping of western tourists in Jammu and Kashmir India Pahalgam, India 4 July 1995 Unknown
Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis Russia Budyonnovsk, Russia 14 June 1995 5 days
Air France Flight 8969 Algeria Algiers, Algeria / France Marseilles, France 24 December 1994 3 days
1994 kidnappings of Western tourists in India India New Delhi, India 20 October 1994 12 days
Torp hostage crisis Norway Sandefjord, Norway 28 August 1994 2 days
Salt Lake City Public Library hostage incident United States Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 7 March 1994 6 hours
1993 Jolimont Centre siege Australia Canberra, Australia 29 November 1993 2 hours
1993 Cangai siege Australia Cangai, New South Wales, Australia 30 March 1993 26 hours
Supreme Court of Justice hostage crisis Costa Rica San José, Costa Rica 26 April 1993 4 days
East Carter High School shooting United States Grayson, Kentucky, United States 18 January 1993 16 minutes
Lindhurst High School shooting United States Olivehurst, California, United States 1 May 1992 8 hours
Alta View Hospital hostage incident United States Sandy, Utah, United States 20 September 1991 18 hours
1991 Sacramento hostage crisis United States Sacramento, California, United States 4 April 1991 About 8 hours
Singapore Airlines Flight 117 Singapore Singapore 26 March 1991 1/2 day
Henry's Pub Hostage Incident United States Berkeley, California, United States 28 September 1990 7 hours
1989 Davao hostage crisis Philippines Davao City, Philippines 15 August 1989 3 days
Loveland River House Incident United States Loveland, Colorado, United States 3 January 1989 2 hours
Gladbeck hostage crisis Germany Gladbeck, Germany / Netherlands / Germany Cologne, Germany 16 August 1988 3 days
Ouvéa cave hostage taking France Ouvéa, France 22 April 1988 14 days
Cokeville Elementary School hostage crisis United States Cokeville, Wyoming, United States 16 May 1986 2½ hours
Palace of Justice siege Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 6 November 1985 2 days
Pudu Prison siege Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 17 October 1986 6 days
Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking Egypt Alexandria, Egypt / Port Said, Egypt 7 October 1985 2 days
TWA Flight 847 Greece Athens, Greece / Italy Rome, Italy / Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon / Algeria Algiers, Algeria 14 June 1985 16 days
Kav 300 affair Israel Tel-Aviv, Israel / Ashqelon, Israel 12 April 1984 2 days
Libyan Embassy Siege United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 17 April 1984 11 days
Libyan Hostage Situation 1984 Libya Tripoli, Libya 17 April 1984 9 months
1984 Sydney bank robbery Australia Sydney, Australia 31 January 1984 6 hours
Lebanon hostage crisis Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon 19 July 1982 varied period
Iranian Embassy Siege United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 30 April 1980 6 days
Dominican embassy siege Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 27 February 1980 61 days
Grand Mosque Seizure Saudi Arabia Mecca, Saudi Arabia 2 November 1979 14 days
Iran hostage crisis Iran Tehran, Iran 4 November 1979 444 days
Mitsubishi Bank Hostage incident Japan Osaka, Japan 26 January 1979 2 days
1978 Dutch province hall hostage crisis Netherlands Assen, Netherlands 13 March 1978 1 day
Lufthansa Flight 181 (Landshut hijacking) Somalia Mogadishu, Somalia 13 October 1977 5 days
Japan Airlines Flight 472 hijacking India Mumbai, India / Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh / Japan Tokyo, Japan 28 September 1977 5 days
Train hijack Netherlands De Punt, Netherlands 23 May 1977 20 days
Netherlands elementary school hostage crisis Netherlands Bovensmilde, Netherlands 23 May 1977 20 days
1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege United States Washington DC, USA 9 March 1977 39 hours
Entebbe Airport hostage crisis Uganda Entebbe Airport, Uganda 27 June 1976 8 days
Balcombe Street Siege United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 6 December 1975 5 days
Raid on the OPEC headquarters Austria Vienna, Austria / Algeria Algiers, Algeria / Libya Tripoli, Libya 21 December 1975 3 days
Occupation of the Indonesian consulate Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 4 December 1975 15 days
Train hijack Netherlands Wijster, Netherlands 2 December 1975 12 days
Spaghetti House siege United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 28 September 1975 6 days
1975 AIA building hostage crisis Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 5 August 1975 5 days
West German embassy siege Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 24 April 1975 12 hours
Ma'alot massacre Israel Ma'alot, Israel 15 May 1974 2 days
Laju incident Singapore Singapore 31 January 1974 8 days
Norrmalmstorg robbery Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 23 August 1973 5 days
1973 Khartoum diplomatic assassinations Sudan Khartoum, Sudan 1 March 1973 2½ days
Hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 615 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb, Yugoslavia 29 October 1972 15 hours
Munich massacre Germany Munich, Germany 5 September 1972 21 hours
Hijacking of Sabena Flight 572 Israel Lod, Israel 8 May 1972 1 day
Hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 649 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen Aden, South Yemen 22 February 1972 2 days
Asama-Sansō incident Japan Karuizawa, Japan 19 February 1972 9 days
Northwest Orient Flight 305 (D.B. Cooper) United States Washington / Oregon, United States 24 November 1971 4 hours
October Crisis Canada Quebec, Canada 5 October 1970 60 days
Operation Dragon Rouge Democratic Republic of the Congo Stanleyville, Democratic Republic of the Congo 24 November 1964
Siege of Sidney Street United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland London, United Kingdom 2 January 1911 2 days
Battle of Ballingarry United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Ballingarry, Ireland, United Kingdom 29 July 1848 1 day

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