The Taliban has released eight of the South Korean hostages it has been holding for six weeks. It comes after the group announced all detainees would be freed following successful negotiations. More releases are expected later today. Two women, from the original group of 23, were let go as a gesture of goodwill during the first series of talks.
But two men from the group of Christian missionaries had already been murdered. The kidnappers wanted South Korean troops out of Afghanistan and all missionary activities to stop. However, the government in Seoul had already decided to withdraw its small team of engineers and medical staff by the end of the year.