Taliban abduct 18 South Koreans

Taliban say 15 South Korean women and three men are being held "as guests".

    The Taliban has frequently seizes foreigners, including two French workers aid workers in April [AFP]

    Confirmation came after the South Korean foreign ministry in Seoul said that it was "highly likely" that South Koreans Christian volunteers had been snatched.
     
    Troops

    South Korea has no combat troops in Afghanistan, only a contingent of engineers and doctors.

    "They did not contact us, police or the security forces for protection while travelling in this region"

    Mirajuddin Pattan, governor of Ghazni province

    Mirajuddin Pattan, Ghazni governor, expressed anger at the presence in his part of the country of such a large number of foreign nationals.

    Speaking to AFP news agency, Pattan said: "They must have thought they are in Korea, not in war-torn Afghanistan.

    "They did not contact us, police or the security forces for protection while travelling in this region."

    The Taliban has seized a number of foreign nationals as part of its campaign to overthrow the Afghan government and drive out its Western backers.

    Demands

    Two Germans and six Afghans were seized southwest of Kabul on Wednesday and are still missing.

    Ahmadi said: "The German citizens are safe with us [the Taliban]. Our demand is the withdrawal of German troops from Afghanistan and also the release of our prisoners."

    One German national was kidnapped in western Afghanistan this month, but was released unharmed after few days.

    Taliban fighters seized two French aid workers and three of their Afghan colleagues in southwestern Afghanistan in April but later released them unharmed.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.