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Taliban Kill Second Hostage, Set New Deadline

From their allies at the AFP:

Afghan policemen carry the body of a second South Korean killed by the Taliban outside Ghazni city, south of Kabul July 31, 2007.

Taliban set new deadline as second SKorean hostage killed

by Mohammad Yaqob, Tue Jul 31

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) – Afghanistan’s Taliban set the government a new deadline of noon (0730 GMT) Wednesday to meet its demands in order to save 21 South Koreans, a day after a second hostage was killed.

The hardline Islamic militia wants the government to free at least eight Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails, a demand government negotiators have rejected.

“If our demands are not met by then, we will start killing the rest of the South Koreans,” Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP.

The bullet-riddled body of the second hostage to be killed since 23 were kidnapped nearly two weeks ago was found overnight in the southern province of Ghazni, about 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Kabul.

An AFP correspondent who saw the corpse said it had been dumped on a roadside and had four or five bullet holes to the body and head.

South Korea’s foreign ministry identified the victim as Shim Sung-Min, 29, as the country reacted with outrage.

“The Korean government strongly condemns and urges an immediate end to these heinous acts of killing innocent people in order to press for demands that it can’t meet,” the presidential office said, referring to the Taliban demand for the release of prisoners.

Media reports said Shim had quit his job at a Seoul IT company two months ago to become a teacher to the disabled at a Seoul church which had then sent him to Afghanistan on an aid mission.

The body of pastor Bae Hyung-kyu, 42, who had been leading the group through the risky Afghan region, was found in the same area last Wednesday.

The South Korean government urged the international community to “use flexibility” to save the remaining 21 hostages…

They need some of that Israeli-style “flexibility.”

Meanwhile, the Taliban are trotting out the remaining hostages on their television outlet Al Jazeera, via YouTube:

Now how much would you pay?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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