Korean Envoy Presses to Save Remaining Hostages

Taliban still holds 22 kidnap victims
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2007 9:50 AM CDT
Afghan policemen in vehicles guard a crossing where the dead body of one the Korean hostages was found in Ghazni province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Afghan police discovered...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A day after militants shot and killed a hostage, a high-level South Korean envoy is rushing to Afghanistan today to try to save the lives of the 22 remaining hostages held by the Taliban. South Korean and Afghan officials insist they won't use force to free the captives, though the kidnappers are said to have conflicting demands.

Reports yesterday that their captors had released eight other hostages proved false. The South Koreans are members of a church group, but officials stressed that they're not missionaries. In the wake of the kidnappings, South Korea has banned its citizens from traveling there, and Afghan police are no longer allowing foreigners to leave Kabul.