Taliban Claims Second Hostage Death

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2007 1:56 PM CDT
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Afghan police officers search passengers and check vehicles which come from Ghazni province after the killing of one Korean hostage, in southern Afghanistan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Taliban has killed a second South Korean hostage, a spokesman for the extremist group told CNN in a telephone interview today, adding that the corpse was dropped off in the province of Ghazni in central Afghanistan. Officials have not located any bodies in that area. The militants already murdered a 42-year old pastor, one of the 23 church group members who were kidnapped 11 days ago.

Taliban leaders are threatening to kill the remaining hostages unless the Afghan government swaps prisoners. "We are all sick and we have a lot of problems," one of the hostages told CBS News and the BBC by phone.