Hostages Held For Ransom in Pakistan in 2008 and 2009

1,264 hostages were kidnapped and held for ransom in Pakistan in 2008, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center.

In 2009, the number of hostages kidnapped increased to 3,366.

Source: Associated Press, “Turn To Abductions Shows Al-Qaida’s Cash Squeeze,” NPR News, June 19, 2011.