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Spokesman: Taliban Kill First Korean Hostage

From their allies at Reuters:

Taliban kill one Korean hostage: Taliban spokesman

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban killed one of the 23 Korean hostages on Wednesday after Kabul failed to free Taliban prisoners, a spokesman for the group said, adding insurgents would kill more if their demands were not met.

“Since Kabul’s administration did not listen to our demand and did not free our prisoners, the Taliban shot dead a male Korean hostage,” Qari Mohammad Yousuf told Reuters by phone from an unknown location.

More glory for Islam.

Meanwhile, according to their allies at the Associated Press:

German journalist said freed by Taliban

By NOOR KHAN, Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan – A German journalist and two Afghans colleagues apparently kidnapped by militants have been freed, an Afghan governor said Wednesday, while a purported Taliban spokesman said negotiations for 23 South Korean hostages have stalled and that they planned to kill “a few” of the captives.

Gov. Dedar Shalezai said officials found the German and other two captives with the help of villagers in Kunar province. The three told Shalezai by phone that they are in good health and with Afghan officials…

“The Taliban have lost their patience with it all so they will be killed … because a lot of time has passed since the deadline and there has been no response,” Ahmadi told The Associated Press by satellite phone. “The Taliban takes no responsibility for the killing.”

Though some of Ahmadi’s statements turn out to be true, he also has made repeated false claims, calling into question the reliability of his information.

Ali Shah Ahmadzai, the provincial police chief, said he thought talks had been on a positive track and said the new threat was a surprise.

“I don’t know why they’ve suddenly changed their mind,” Ahmadzai said. “My message to the Taliban is to use tolerance and be patient. This (killing hostages) is against the Afghan culture.”

Have these Taliban spokesman applied to Yale? 

“My message to the Taliban is to use tolerance and be patient. This (killing hostages) is against the Afghan culture.”

Is this really anytime for levity?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 25th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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