OIC calls for the release of remaining Korean hostages

The Saudi Arabia-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Monday condemned the Taliban's killing of a second South Korean hostage in Afghanistan and called for the immediate release of the remaining hostages.

OIC calls for the release of remaining Korean hostages
The Saudi Arabia-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Monday condemned the Taliban's killing of a second South Korean hostage in Afghanistan and called for the immediate release of the remaining hostages.

"The General Secretariat condemns this savage act and reiterates its demand for the immediate release of the remaining hostages," an OIC statement said.

The organization strongly appealed to the hostage-takers again "that kidnapping and hostage taking of innocent civilians run counter to the tenets of Islam which preaches peace, moderation and coexistence, and cannot be justified under any Islamic value."

The OIC appeal was the second to be made within 24 hours after the organization on Sunday called for the hostages' release appealing to the kidnappers to end what the OIC described as "un-Islamic practice."

The Taliban killed the second Korean hostage after the Monday deadline for negotiations with the Afghan government to secure an exchange of the hostages in return for detained Taliban fighters expired.

The victim was a volunteer worker, while the first Korean hostage killed on Wednesday was a Christian missionary.

The Taliban are still holding 21 South Korean hostages.

DPA
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