July 25, 2007

Taliban Kill MURDER One South Korean Hostage

Breaking news via Fox:

Report: Taliban Kill One South Korean Hostage

KABUL, Afghanistan A purported Taliban spokesman said Wednesday that one of the 23 South Korean hostages being held in Afghanistan had been killed, according to the Reuters news agency.

Earlier, Aari Yousef Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the militants, said the Afghan government hadn't responded to any of its demands and that the militants would kill "a few" of the hostages.

UPDATE: Via Fox:

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan A police official said Wednesday that Taliban militants told him they shot and killed one of 23 South Korean hostages, while two Western officials said some others from the group of captives were freed and taken to a U.S. military base.

Purported Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said one of the hostages had been shot and killed around 4 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT), and a police official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation said militants told him the hostage was sick and couldn't walk, and therefore was shot.

Some of the Koreans, meanwhile, were freed and were taken to a U.S. base in Ghazni, according to two Western officials who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. The officials did not know how many had been freed.

UPDATE II: Body of South Korean Hostage Recovered, Taliban Reportedly Release Others

Authorities recovered the bullet-riddled body of a South Korean hostage in central Afghanistan on Wednesday, a police officer who discovered the body said.

The male victim had 10 bullet holes in his head, chest and stomach, and was discovered in the Mushaki area of Qarabagh district in Ghazni province, said police officer Abdul Rahman.

UPDATE by Rusty: I hope Vicki doesn't mind me changing the headline. I think MURDER is a more accurate and appropriate word. It boggles the mind why the news media won't use it.....

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