GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban
has released another three or four South Korean hostages and handed over them to
local tribal elders in central Afghanistan on Thursday, a tribal elder engaged
in hostage releasing Haji Zahir told Xinhua.
These hostages are set to be transferred to officials
of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gelan district of Ghazni
province, and the officials are waiting for their arrival now, a Xinhua reporter
at the site said.
On Wednesday, the Taliban freed 10 hostages in three
groups, and they later arrived in Ghazni city, the capital of Ghazni province,
and met South Korean officials.
The Taliban and the South Korean government made a
deal on Tuesday, which said all 19 South Korean hostages would be released in
the coming days without the release of Taliban prisoners.
In return, the South Korean government promised to
withdraw all its 200 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and to
forbid all Christian activities in this country.
A total of 23 South Koreans were kidnapped by Taliban
militants on a road in Ghazni province on July 19.
Taliban rebels shot dead two male hostages on July 25
and July 30 separately to press Afghan and South Korean authorities to meet
their main demand, which was the release of some Taliban prisoners.
Two female hostages were released on Aug. 13 as the
Taliban claimed it wanted to show "a good gesture" toward South Korean
The Afghan government has all along refused to
release Taliban prisoners as the Taliban has demanded to exchange for the
remaining 19 hostages.
12 S Korean hostages freed after long
GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- A
total of 12 South Korean hostages were released by Taliban militants in
Afghanistan on Wednesday after a six-week ordeal, with seven others expected to
get freedom in the upcoming days.
A Xinhua reporter saw a local tribal elder handed the
third batch of three female and one male hostages to the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Qarabagh district of the central Ghazni province. Full story
Taliban to release remaining 7 S
Korean hostages Thursday
GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Aug.
29 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban would free the remaining seven South Korean hostages
in Afghanistan on Thursday, a local tribal elder engaged in talks told Xinhua
He did not give any more information.
Afghan and South Koreans were not immediately
available for comments.Full story