The body of a second South Korean hostage has been recovered by Afghan police. Taliban kidnappers say they killed him because of Kabul’s failure to release jailed rebels. They have set a new deadline, tomorrow, warning that other captives will die unless their demands are met. The bullet-riddled remains of the man were found in Ghazni province where 23 South Koreans were seized nearly two weeks ago.
The grim discovery came shortly after a video was broadcast by a Middle East television station. It shows several of the hostages, looking frightened but apparently unharmed. Their leader had already been shot dead by the Taliban and the latest killing piles further pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Seoul.
South Korea was already in sombre mood yesterday with the return of the body of Christian pastor Bae Hyung-kyu. The latest victim has been identified as Shim Sung-min, a 29-year-old who did volunteer work to help the poor. His mother cried hysterically when she heard the news.