Mission accomplished…for the hostage takers.
“Taleban ‘agree to free hostages,'” from the BBC (thanks to Davida):
Taleban fighters have agreed to release 19 South Korean hostages held for more than five weeks in Afghanistan, the South Korean president’s office says.
Spokesman Cheon Ho-seon said the agreement was reached on condition that Seoul withdrew its troops as scheduled from Afghanistan by the year’s end.
The Taleban kidnapped 23 South Korean Christian charity workers from Ghazni province on 19 July.
They subsequently killed two male hostages, and released two women.
Mr Cheon also said South Korea had agreed to a ban on its nationals’ Christian missionary work in the country.