Saturday, August 11, 2007

Taliban free two South Korean hostages

A bit of good news on a Saturday. Enjoy.

Afghanistan’s Taliban said Saturday it had freed two women among 21 South Korean hostages captured more than three weeks ago by the hardline militia.

Two spokesman for the insurgents said both women were ill and had been freed unconditionally as a “gesture of goodwill,” just hours after the conclusion of face-to-face talks between the Taliban and a South Korean delegation.

Neither Afghan nor South Korean officials would immediately confirm any hostage release. “Our leadership council decided to free unconditionally and as a gesture of goodwill two women hostages who are sick,” said the main Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi.

Here's to hoping for the other 19's safe release.


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