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Monday, August 13, 2007

7. Hostage Release Confusion


Hopes that the Taleban in Afghanistan might release two South Korean hostages have been thrown into disarray.
A Taleban spokesman told reporters on Saturday that the two had already been freed - but he now says the timing of the release has yet to be decided.
The women - both of whom are ill - are among 21 South Korean aid workers kidnapped last month.
Taleban spokesman Yusuf Ahmadi on Sunday said the two ill hostages would be freed because of progress made during two days of talks in the central city of Ghazni.
However he added: "The time hasn't been decided. It could be today."
Mr Ahmadi has at times given false information, reports the BBC's Charles Haviland in Kabul.
The Afghan government, stung by criticism over a previous prisoner exchange, has ruled out a swap to secure the release of the Koreans - BBC.