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'Taliban not to release S Korean hostages'

world Updated: Aug 12, 2007 15:50 IST
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Taliban has decided not to free any of 21 South Korean hostages despite saying earlier that two women could go, the Korea's

Yonhap

news agency reported on Sunday citing an insurgents' spokesman.

Yonhap quoted Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi as saying: "Our leaders have changed their minds and decided not to free two female hostages."

Ahmadi had told AFP late on Saturday that two female hostages, who were sick, were being released unconditionally as a "gesture of goodwill."

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