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Freed South Koreans plead for release of 19 others still held hostage in Afghanistan

Two South Korean ex-hostages begged for the release of their fellow church volunteers still held captive in Afghanistan, saying in an interview that their anguish for the others overshadowed the relief of being freed.

 

Kim Kyung-ja, 37, and Kim Jee-na, 32, were among 23 South Koreans seized in southern Afghanistan last month by Taliban fighters who demanded the withdrawal of South Korean troops and the release of prisoners in exchange for freeing the hostages. Two hostages have been killed by their captors, and 19 others remain captive. ''When we were released, rather than being happy, my heart was breaking as I thought about the 19 others,'' said Kim Kyung-ja. She pleaded for their quick release. (AP)