The Taliban kidnappers of a group of South Koreans have given Seoul a further 24 hours to pull its forces out of Afghanistan. The ultimatum had been set for today but it has been extended amid reports of intense negotiations to secure the release of the 23 young Christians. After Berlin failed to withdraw its soldiers, the Taliban said it killed one of two German hostages. Afghan police say his body has been found. Germany believes one of its kidnapped nationals is dead, but of ill-health. The fate of his fellow captive is unclear.
The South Koreans plight is causing intense anxiety in Seoul where hostages’ families have been praying for their safe release. “I feel nervous,” said one woman, whose daughter is being held. “I can’t do anything. I have to wait calmly for any good news.” As that anxious wait continues, Seoul has sent a delegation to Afghanistan to try to secure the captives liberation.