Body of Second Korean Hostage Found

More will die unless prisoners are freed, kidnappers warn
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2007 4:35 AM CDT
Body of Second Korean Hostage Found
South Korean protesters shout slogans during an anti-war rally demanding the safe return of South Koreans kidnapped in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of South Korean troops in the country, in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Police in central Afghanistan at daybreak Tuesday discovered the...   (Associated Press)

Afghan police have found the body of a second Korean hostage killed by the Taliban, Reuters reports. The man was shot in the head, and his body found in a clover field close to the spot where 23 Korean missionaries were kidnapped last week. The kidnappers have threatened to kill more hostages unless the Afghan government releases all Taliban rebel prisoners by tomorrow.

The victim is the second male of the group to be killed. Most of the hostages are women. The Afghan government has refused to free Taliban prisoners even as leaders attempt to negotiate the hostages' release. The insurgents suspect the Afghan government and foreign troops are intending to launch a rescue bid to free the hostages, said a Taliban spokesman. (More Afghanistan stories.)

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