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Taliban Release Two “Ill” South Korean Hostages

From their fans at the Associated Press:

Two of the released South Korean hostages are seen after they were released by Taliban in Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007.

Taliban free 2 South Korean women

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer

GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Two women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in mid-July were freed Monday on a rural roadside and then driven to a U.S. base, the first significant breakthrough in a hostage drama now more than three weeks old.

The two women, who broke into tears after seeing the international Red Cross officials there to take custody of them, got out of a dark gray Toyota Corolla driven by an Afghan elder and into one of two waiting Red Cross SUVs. The women said nothing to reporters alerted to the handoff location five miles southeast of Ghazni city by a Taliban spokesman.

The women — who wore scarves on their heads, khaki trousers and a traditional Afghan shirt that hangs to the knees, were then driven to the U.S. base in Ghazni city, where American soldiers searched them and then let them inside. Both carried bags with them…

The women, who the Taliban have said are ill, were among church group volunteers kidnapped by militants on July 19…

The local governor has suggested in the past that the hostage standoff could be solved with a ransom payment…

Well, it’s a start.

One wonders what was given to the Taliban, however.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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