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.