Hostages Held in Afghanistan in 2008 to 2009

In 2008, there were 584 people who were kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for ransom, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center.

In 2009, the number of hostages held for ransom increased to 2,088.

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