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August 1, 2007

Pray for Korean Hostages in Afghanistan

Filed under: DEETEE, Pray — delephant @ 12:47 pm

This message comes from the National Council of Churches in Korea …  Please keep them in prayer

Dear Friends in Christ,

Warm greeting from Seoul,

As you have been informed, the 23 Koreans have been held hostage in  
Afghanistan by Taliban last July 19th, two of them were already  
executed, and the others are still detained under the threat of  
execution. NCCK AND Korean churches have been sincerely praying for  
their safety and the immediate release.

We sincerely ask you and Christians of your country to pray for their
health and their immediate reunion with their families. We believe
that our prayer and our various efforts will affect on the safe
release of those who are still detained.In Christ, Yours

Rev. Kwon, Oh-Sung

General Secretary

National Council of Churches in Korea


NEWS Update from ChoSun

Taliban Kill Second Korean Hostage

Shim Sung-min

Taliban killed another Korean hostage in Afghanistan after the latest deadline for negotiations expired on Monday. Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a purported spokesman for the Taliban, told the Chosun Ilbo, AFP and AP by phone, “’Finally tonight at 8:30, we killed one of the Koreans named Sung Sim with AK-47 gunshots.” He claimed the armed group also killed one German hostage.The victim is presumed to be Shim Sung-min. The body of the hostage had been dumped in the Qarabagh district of the southern province of Ghazni, Ahmadi said. Shim is the second Korean killed by the militants after the Rev. Bae Hyung-kyu, who died last Wednesday. Shim recently quit his job and was preparing to go to an agricultural graduate school. He had told Japanese broadcaster NHK by phone on Sunday that he was with three hostages but did not know where.

Prior to the killing, the militants extended the deadline by four hours, saying that the Taliban leadership council, the group’s supreme decision-making body, would then decide on the fate of the hostages unless the Afghan government free Taliban prisoners in exchange for the Korean captives.

Shim Jin-pyo, the father of Shim Sung-min, 29, one of the kidnapped South Koreans in Afghanistan, speaks to the media after watching a television report about his son, in Seongnam, south of Seoul on Tuesday. Taliban kidnappers shot dead a male South Korean hostage on Monday, accusing the Afghan government of not listening to their demands for the release of Taliban prisoners. Shim sung-min is believed to be the victim./REUTERS

Fifty minutes after the initial deadline passed, a man who claimed to be a Taliban commander told the Afghan Islamic Express by phone that negotiations had failed completely and they would shortly kill Korean hostages. Ahmadi had earlier told AP, “It might be a man or a woman…We may kill one, we may kill two, we may kill one of each (gender), two of each, four of each,” unless Taliban prisoners were released.

Arabic news channel Al Jazeera reported that Afghan and U.S. forces were gathering near a highway where the Koreans were kidnapped.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai is to meet U.S. President George W. Bush at the presidential retreat Camp David on Aug. 5 and 6.

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