ISIS militants are holding an American woman, 26, hostage and demand six million dollars for her release, unnamed sources revealed to NBC News. The woman was abducted and taken as a hostage on August 4, 2013.
Via NBC News:
She was on a humanitarian mission in the region at the time of her capture, the source said, but family members do not want her name released for her own safety. The sources say the young woman was taken hostage with several others, all of whom have since been released.
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NBC News has learned ISIS has demanded a $6.6 million ransom and/or the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist convicted of attempted murder by a New York federal court in 2010.
The tragic beheading of James Foley, a freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, took place a little over a week ago. He was captured in November 2012. His captors had required $132.5 million for his release.
According to NBC News, in a press conference on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “I’m not going to speak to American citizens who may or may not be detained and certainly not going to entertain what may or may not be considered.”
“The serious note here is that for the safety and security of any individual who is being held, including any reporter, your colleagues, we don’t talk about the details for that reason,” she added.
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