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Afghan Taliban release four more Korean hostages

Afghan Taliban release four more Korean hostages

Afghanistan's Taliban militia freed four of their South Korean hostages as of press time yesterday with three more due to be handed over within hours as a six-week hostage ordeal drew to a close.
Twelve other aid workers were released in three groups Wednesday after South Korean negotiators struck a deal with the hardline insurgent movement which has killed two of the Christian aid workers captured July 19.
Tribal elders delivered the four to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross near the village of Janda, about 100 kilometers south of the town of Ghazni.
"We have received the first group of hostages - two women, two men," ICRC official Irfan Sulejmani told Agence France-Presse. He said he was traveling to an area where he expected to receive the three remaining hostages.
One of the Taliban negotiators, Qari Mohammad Bashir, said the final three hostages - three women - would be handed over closer to Ghazni. He said earlier they had to be collected from different locations.
Ghazni, about 140 kilometers south of Kabul, was the venue of talks between Taliban and a South Korean delegation to free the Christians who were seized while traveling through Ghazni province by bus.
The 12 freed Wednesday spent their first night of freedom since they were captured on July 19 in a "safe place," an official in the South Korean embassy in Kabul said.


Updated : 2021-05-13 11:34 GMT+08:00