Militants from ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State/ISIL (or whatever else you’d like to name the terrorist group that’s been wreaking havoc on Middle Eastern society and by proxy, much of the rest of the world), has kidnapped close to 7,000 Yazidi women and children within the past two months to be kept as slaves and forced into marriages with strangers. Many of those who were kidnapped saw their husbands, fathers and other male relatives murdered before their eyes. The victims, members of the Kurdish Yazidi religious group (which ISIS has heavily targeted), are from the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, an area that’s now been overtaken by the terrorist group. Here are five things to know about the nightmarish kidnappings. Keep reading »
An Uber customer in Los Angeles was kidnapped by her driver, driven 20 miles out of her way to a dark, abandoned parking lot, and only when she started to scream did the driver take her back home. The customer reported the incident to Uber, and they responded by e-mailing her an apology for the driver’s “inefficient route.” The customer is now staying in a hotel, since there’s a dangerous stranger out there who has her home address. Keep reading »
Lots of men tell stupid lies to their girlfriends, but not all of them end up involving the police. A British man was fined after he called texted his girlfriend saying he’d been kidnapped over a debt equivalent to $82. He said he told the lie so he could continue to stay out partying. The issue is that his girlfriend took the claim seriously and called police.
Police were not pleased when they learned the kidnapping was a hoax, with a spokesman calling it “one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents” ever encountered by the department. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…
One hundred kidnapped Nigerian school girls have allegedly been seen for the first time since their abduction in a video acquired by the AFP news service. The video was reportedly filmed by Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group who kidnapped over 200 teenaged girls from their boarding school in Chibok on April 14.
In the 17-minute video, the 100 girls wear veils and pray in Arabic; the video is cut with narration by someone from Boko Haram declaring that the girls have been “saved” by a conversion to Islam. (According to the Associated Press, the majority of the girls are Christians.) Boko Haram also reportedly kidnapped eight more girls from a different Nigerian village last week. The leader of Boko Haram has vowed to sell all the girls as wives, i.e. sold into sex slavery but recently said he would release the school girls in exchange for prisoners. [AP; Reuters]