Taliban Claims 2 German Hostages Killed

Demand German troop pullout, threaten South Korean captives
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2007 7:53 AM CDT
A German ISAF soldier stands inside the PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) in the city of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan in this Oct. 10. 2005 file photo. A purported Taliban spokesman said Saturday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two German citizens abducted in Afghanistan have been shot to death, a Taliban spokesman claimed today. The Taliban had demanded the withdrawal of the more than 3,000 soldiers Germany has stationed in Afghanistan, a demand to which they did not accede. The Germans were working on a dam project .

The Taliban rebels are also currently holding captive 23 South Korean medical aid workers, in an effort to force the South Korean government to withdraw from the country. South Korea's 200 soldiers work on humanitarian projects, including running a hospital for Afghan civilians at the US base at Bagram.