South Korean officials are in Afghanistan seeking direct talks with the Taliban, Reuters reports, as the terrorist group and the Afghan government bicker over a venue for their own negotiations to free the 21 remaining Korean hostages. Two male members of the church group have been killed by the kidnappers.
Afghans forces have clustered in Ghazi, where the hostages were kidnapped and are now being held in groups. The province’s governor accused Pakistani intelligence of cooperating with the Taliban. Meanwhile, Afghan authorities have been able to send medicines to the hostages after the Taliban reported two of the women are seriously ill.