Taliban Renage on Release of Two Serious Sick Female Hostages

The day after the Taliban claimed to have released two South Korean hostages, it has said they had a change of mind and will not release them.

This is more than just a change of mind, it is an outright lie, as they original said the two were freed, they were still being held captive.

These terrorist cannot be trusted and to release more Taliban from prison would be sheer madness.

TWO seriously ill South Korean women were still in Taliban hands last night as it was reported the rebels had decided not to free any of the 21 hostages.

This was despite an earlier statement from a Taliban spokesman that the women could go.

Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi as saying: “Our leaders have changed their minds and decided not to free two female hostages.”

He had earlier said that two female hostages, who were sick, were being released unconditionally as a “gesture of goodwill”.

He said the women had been freed and would soon arrive in the city of Ghazni, close to where they and 21 other Korean church volunteers were abducted more than three weeks ago.

He later said the Taliban’s leadership council had decided to free the two women and it was only a matter of time before they were handed over to the Government.

Yousuf has made conflicting statements in the past, blaming problems communicating with fighters in the field.

Local and national Afghan government officials said they knew nothing of any release.

South Korea’s Government declined comment.

“But we are maintaining a direct contact with (the) Taliban,” a South Korean Government official said.

The Taliban have already killed two male hostages and threatened to kill the remaining 21, 18 of them women, unless Taliban prisoners are freed in exchange. The Afghan Government has refused to give in.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf arrived in Afghanistan yesterday to address the closing session of a council of Afghan and Pakistani MPs and tribesmen discussing how to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban. He had pulled out of an original commitment to attend the jirga, or council.

A BRITSH soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force was killed and several others wounded in a weekend attack in the south.

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