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Taliban Threatens To Kill S Koreans By Sundown

From their allies at the AFP:

Relatives of kidnapped South Koreans in Afghanistan react during an interview with the media in Bundang, south of Seoul.

Taliban threaten to kill S Koreans if army moves in

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban threatened Sunday to kill 23 South Korean hostages if Afghan troops try to free them by force, as negotiations were under way to secure the release of the captives.

A spokesman for the militant group made the pledge after Afghan soldiers surrounded a district in the insurgency-hit south of the country, where the Korean Christians kidnapped on Thursday were being held.

“If there’s any military action against us, we’ll kill the hostages,” Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.

Ahmadi confirmed however that the extremist movement was in negotiations with the government over the fate of the hostages.

“Talks are under way,” he said, without giving details.

Afghan authorities also confirmed that talks were in progress.

“We have begun talks with the Taliban through tribal elders and religious leaders,” Alishah Ahmadzai, the police chief of Ghazni province, where the Koreans are being held, told AFP.

“I hope we get good results,” he said.

The defence ministry said earlier that soldiers had cordoned off the area and were awaiting orders.

“We’re ready for action but so far there has not been any engagement,” Ahmadzai added.

The Taliban has threatened to kill the 23 South Koreans by sunset if an equal number of militant prisoners is not freed…

Meanwhile, from their allies at the Associated Press:

Body of German recovered in Afghanistan

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan villagers found the body of a German aid worker kidnapped in southern Afghanistan, a police chief said Sunday, while a delegation of South Korean officials arrived hours before a purported evening deadline set for 23 Korean hostages.

The body of the German was found in southern Wardak province, where two Germans and five Afghans were kidnapped on Wednesday, said provincial police chief Mohammad Hewas Mazlum.

A purported Taliban spokesman on Saturday said militants shot and killed the Germans because Germany hadn’t pledged to pull its 3,000 troops from Afghanistan. But Afghan and German officials said intelligence indicated that one died of a heart attack and the other was still alive.

Mazlum said he did not immediately know the cause of death of the German whose body was recovered…

More glory for Islam.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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