CAIRO, Egypt - The Al-Jazeera
TV channel showed a video Monday of several South Korean hostages held by the
Taliban in Afghanistan. The pan-Arab satellite TV did not say how it obtained
the video, and its authenticity could not immediately be verified.
Some seven female hostages, heads veiled in accordance to the Islamic law
enforced by the Taliban, were seen crouching in the dark, eyes closed or staring
at the ground.
The hostages, who looked prostrated, did not speak as the shaky hand-held
camera filmed them.
A group of 23 Korean Christian volunteers were kidnapped while traveling by
bus in southern Afghanistan on July 19.
One of the hostages was shot dead last week in unclear circumstances, and the
Taliban claimed Monday they killed a second one.
Taliban representatives, or officials claiming to speak on their behalf, have
threatened to kill the remaining hostages if their demand for the release of
insurgent prisoners held by the Afghan government is not met.