KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A purported Taliban spokesman claimed the hard-line militia killed a second Korean hostage today because Afghanistan failed to release insurgents from prisons. Government officials said they hadn’t recovered the body and couldn’t confirm the claim.
The Kabul and Korean governments are lying and cheating. They did not meet their promise of releasing Taliban prisoners, Ahmadi said by phone from an undisclosed location. He claims to speak for the Taliban.
Ghazni is a very vast area, so we really don’t know where the body is, Mr. Pathan said.
The Taliban kidnapped 23 South Koreans riding on a bus through Ghazni province on the Kabul-Kandahar highway on July 19. The militants have told the government they want 23 Taliban prisoners released from jail in exchange for the Koreans’ lives.
The Taliban has set several deadlines for the Koreans’ lives. Last Wednesday, the insurgents killed their first hostage, a male leader of the group.
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