The last of the South Korean hostages being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan have been freed. Seven hostages were released in two groups and were handed over to the Red Cross. The Taliban originally seized 23 Christian relief workers six weeks ago. They killed two of the men, and threatened to kill others. They later freed two women.
Twelve hostages were freed on Wednesday after South Korea pledged to pull its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year and end its missionary activity in the country. The Taliban had originally said they would only free the hostages if some of their jailed militants were released, but they later dropped this demand, which was rejected by the Afghan government.