Political kidnapping


Political kidnapping is kidnapping which is conducted to obtain political concessions from security forces or governments.


There were series of kidnapping of senior diplomats during the 1960s and 1970s.[1] By the end of the 1960s, political kidnappings were evidently profitable.[2]

For a long period, political kidnapping was usually a Latin American phenomenon, with some few overlooked incidents in Europe. After the 1990s, when the interest of tourists and businessmen increased in Asian and pacific countries, the kidnappings also became a means to support the political motives of newly established dissidents groups. Like Abu Sayyaf, his group has conducted numerous political kidnappings.[3]

Notable incidents


  1. ^ Roberts, Ivor. Satow's Diplomatic Practice. Oxford University Press. p. 238.
  2. ^ Ross, Jeffrey Ian. Violence in Canada: Sociopolitical Perspectives. Transaction Publishers. p. 300. ISBN 9781412841085.
  3. ^ Frank Bolz Jr.; Kenneth J. Dudonis; David P. Schulz (2011). The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques, Fourth Edition. CRC Press. p. 130.