Tribal elder: another 3 or 4 S Korean hostages freed 2007-08-30 22:23:05   Print

    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.

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    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 authorities.

    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 ordeal

     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 Wednesday.

    He did not give any more information.

    Afghan and South Koreans were not immediately available for comments.Full story


Editor: Yan Liang
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