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Taliban Announce When They Will Hand Over Two Women Hostages

Taliban Announce When They Will Hand Over Two Women Hostages

Posted August. 14, 2007 07:13,   

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On August 13, the Taliban said that they would release two female hostages, who are said to be ill, at 8:30 p.m. Korea time.

According to AFP (Agence France-Presse) and AIP (Afghan Islamic Press) reports, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a purported Taliban spokesman, said, “We will send two women hostages to the office of the Red Crescent in Ghazni at 4 p.m. (local time).”

This is the first time that the Taliban has announced an exact time for the long-awaited handover.

On August 11, the Taliban said that they would free two female captives who are ill as `a gesture of good will and a gift to Korea` on that day or the next day. But they retracted their words and delayed the release.

Delegates from South Korea and the Taliban restarted face-to-face negotiations on August 13. Ghazni Police Chief Ali Shah Ahmadzai said to the AFP that the Korean negotiators met their Taliban counterparts again. In the meantime, Korean presidential spokesman Cheon Ho-seon hinted that it would take more time for the hostages to be freed. “We need more patience,” he said in a press meeting about the Taliban’s announcement that they would release two females.



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