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Hostage takers---Kidnappers?

Posted by Ward on September 06, 2004

In Reply to: Hostage takers posted by James Briggs on September 06, 2004

: Following the tragedy in Beslan we've heard a lot about 'hostage takers' here in the UK. There doesn't seem to be a single word for this, or is there?

Kidnappers are a specific type of hostage takers, but their behavior tends to be motivated by monetary expectation rather than political ends. Don't know a more encompassing word for the whole type.