A German woman has become the latest hostage to be taken in Afghanistan. She was seized at gunpoint as she ate in a fast-food restaurant in Kabul. As the kidnappers made their getaway, police opened fire. A taxi driver was killed by a stray bullet. The Taliban has said negotiations on the fate of a group of South Korean hostages have broken down.
Two men from the group have already been killed, and two females released. Authorities have so far refused to meet Taliban demands for a prisoner swap. A Taliban council is to decide what will become of the 19 still being held.
Meanwhile in Kandahar, the cradle of the Taliban, a suicide car-bomber has killed 15 people. The target was an American logistics convoy driven by Afghan private security guards, four of whom died. The blast also hit a passing minibus, killing 11 civilians, and another 26 were injured.
The bodies of three German policemen have been flown back to Berlin. They were killed in a roadside bomb attack near Kabul on Wednesday. The three men, one of whom was a former bodyguard to Chancellor Merkel, were part of the German ambassador’s security team.