One Hostage Been Killed

As the situation is updating on the news and the Marmot’s hole, it’s getting worsen than expected, the Taliban released 8 hostages but killed one of its 23 South Koreans hostages and will kill the rest if their demands are not met by extended time set by Taliban .

 

 The Reuters quotes from the Taliban spokesperson, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, that

“Since Kabul’s administration did not listen to our demand and did not free our prisoners, the Taliban shot dead a male Korean hostage”… “If the administration of Kabul is not ready to release our hostages, then by 1:00 am (local time) the rest of the hostages will be killed”
And he told…

“That time is the last deadline.”

These 23 young church volunteers women and five men – were kidnapped in Ghazni province near Kabul last week on their mission.

Whether they were just delivering Medical aid and social services, an “Evangelical” trip or so called Membership Training,  I do believe they made a serious mistake and a foolish decision to travel to Afghanistan suffering by decades of war.  Now, their young and restless religous belief paid back with an unnecessary sacrifice of live and a possible ransom payment to the Taliban.  

I really don’t understand why they did not listen the Government warnings about the high risky level of the region at first place?  
 

There’s no one to blame but the organizer of this trip and themselves, I just hope rest of hostages return to their family safely, ASAP.

 

And also hope that the rest of Koeran christians to learn a lesson from this  hostage crisis, that the religious belief doesn’t give any right to drive their family and society into worry, and nor an excuse to foolish decision. The Belief does not protect them from the terrorists.    

[UPDATE] Second Hostage Killed

 

Taliban killed second hostage because the Kabul administration did not listen to their repeated demands. The Taliban spokesperson, Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi, who earlier told AFP and Reuters that a man named “Sung Sin: Shim Sung-min” was killed at 8:30 p.m. (local time) with AK-47 gunshots.  

My condolences and thoughts go to families of killed hostages and pray for the rest hostages to return home safely, ASAP.

[UPDATE 2] Two female korean hostages released

Two female Korean held hostage by the Taliban for more than three weeks were FREED yesterday in relatively good health.  The Taliban are still holding 19 Korean hostages, 16 of them women.  The Chiristian group has been criticized for going to Afghnistan against government advice.

[UPDATE 3] Rest of 19 Korean hostages been freed and came home on Sep. 2nd.

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3 Responses to “One Hostage Been Killed”

  1. musicfrommyseoul Says:

    they all look so happy and optimistic on the picture… this is just horrible! i uderstand their need to spread the good news but come! Afghanistan?! I really feel for them and their families.

    You did a good thing posting this info so that more people know about the situation.

  2. jtb-in-texas Says:

    The Taliban did not have to kidnap, murder, and terrorize them. The Taliban are solely to blame for that.

    It’s like blaming rape victims for the actions of their attacker. It’s intellectually and factually wrong.

    Think about it. If someone who doesn’t like your blog attacks you, is it then your fault or theirs?

  3. JiMong Says:

    Ca va, A-M? Good to see you back? How’s summer?

    The incidient was actually outdated I didn’t had much chance to update the situation. Thanksfully rest of them returned home safely.

    jtb/
    I agree with your points. But was it really necessary to put yourself in high risk stage and even against government advices/warnings about current situation in Afganistan? I don’t think so.

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