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Video of Korean captives is shown on TV

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A video showing several of the South Koreans being held hostage in Afghanistan has been broadcast by a Middle East television station. It contained footage of at least seven women wearing head scarves and apparently unharmed. But only hours before the images were received the Taliban claimed it had shot dead a second male captive.

In all 23 Korean Christian volunteers were kidnapped 12 days ago. 18 of them are women. The body of one man, killed by the Taliban last week arrived back in South Korea to be met by grieving family members. They have said they will not hold a funeral until all those being held are safely returned.

The militant group has threatened to kill other hostages if, it says, Kabul continues to ignore demands to release rebel prisoners. Earlier, Afghan authorities had asked for more time for talks on freeing the hostages after the expiry of a Taliban-set deadline.