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Taliban Kidnap 23 South Koreans In Afghanistan

From those enablers of terror at Reuters:

Taliban kidnap 23 Koreans from Afghan bus: officials

By Hamid Shalizi

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents have kidnapped 23 Korean Christians from a bus in Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, the biggest group of foreigners seized so far in the militant campaign to oust the government and its Western backers.

The Taliban have increasingly turned to what Afghan officials call “terror tactics” — kidnapping, suicide attacks and roadside bombs to demonstrate that the Afghan government is incapable of providing security to the people.

“Twenty-three Korean citizens, 18 women and five men, were very carelessly traveling in a chartered bus from Kabul to Kandahar yesterday, on the way to Kandahar their bus was stopped by armed men … and they took them away,” said Interior Minister spokesman Zemari Bashari.

He said the incident happened in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, some 175 km (110 miles) south of Kabul.

“We are still investigating which organization they were with, and why they were traveling to Kandahar,” he said.

A Korean embassy official said a search operation and also negotiations were under way with the kidnappers, who were demanding the release of Taliban prisoners held in Afghan jails.

The Taliban said they had seized 18 Koreans.

“They are safe with us, we are investigating them and our demands and reaction will be announced later,” said Taliban spokesman Said Yousuf Ahmadi by telephone from an undisclosed location…

South Korea has no combat troops in Afghanistan, but has a contingent of 200 engineers, doctors and medical staff.

Two Germans and six Afghans were abducted southwest of Kabul on Wednesday and are still missing.

“The German citizens are safe with us. Our demand is the withdrawal of German troops from Afghanistan and also the release of our prisoners,” said Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi…

As we noted yesterday, the Taliban have also been targeting Chinese in the area.

It’s easy to forget (thanks to our watchdog media) that this is a world war.

The Musselmen versus everyone else.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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