8 Korean Hostages Freed

Taliban freeing prisoners after reaching a deal with South Korea
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2007 6:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Taliban released eight hostages today, a day after reaching a deal with the South Korean government. Three who were released earlier this morning were brought to the town of Ghazni by tribal elders—acting as mediators—then handed over to the Red Cross. South Korea has agreed to pull out its troops from Afghanistan (as already planned) and stop its citizens from traveling there.

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A ransom may also have been paid, although there has been no official mention of that. The Taliban has said all of the remaining hostages will be released. Two women had already been released, and two men had been executed. The hostages were part of a Christian charity group. (Read more South Korea stories.)

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