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.