50 Percent of All Military Rescue Attempts End With Hostage Killed

According to kidnap and ransom consultants, negotiating a ransom payment is much more safer then attempting a rescue. The kidnap and ransom insurance industries claim that up to 50 percent of all military rescues ends up with the hostage being killed.

Source: Peter Apps, “Kidnap and ransom: negotiating lives for cash,” Reuters, February 17, 2011.