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Taleban ‘kill’ S Korean hostage

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An unidentified relative of South Koreans kidnapped in Afghanistan reacts
as she waits TV news reports on negotiation in Seoul, Wednesday, July 25, 2007

BBC News / Wednesday, 25 July 2007

The Taleban in Afghanistan say they have killed one of the 23 South Korean hostages they are holding.

A spokesman for the radical group said this was a response to the refusal of the Afghan authorities to release imprisoned Taleban fighters.

The 23 Koreans were abducted in Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, on Thursday.

Meanwhile a German journalist and his Afghan translator have been released a day after their capture in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

Taleban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told Reuters news agency on Wednesday: “Since Kabul’s administration did not listen to our demand and did not free our prisoners, the Taliban shot dead a male Korean hostage.”

There was no independent confirmation of the claim. The South Korean hostages – most of who are women – are members of a Christian aid group.

The release of the German journalist and his translator was secured through talks with tribal elders.

No ransom had been paid, the Kunar province governor said.

The men were said to be looking for a village where civilians had been killed in a Nato air strike.


Written by afghandevnews

July 26, 2007 at 3:48 am

Posted in Security

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