SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 28 — The Taliban agreed Tuesday to release 19 South Korean church volunteers held captive in Afghanistan since mid-July, the South Korean government announced, signaling an end to a wrenching hostage crisis that had gripped the country for almost six weeks.
Members of the Taliban movement seized 23 Christian volunteers from South Korea on July 19 while they were traveling by bus from Kabul, the capital, to the southern city of Kandahar.
The Taliban killed two hostages, both men, after a series of deadlines passed in July. But after South Korea entered direct negotiations with the militants later in July, the Taliban freed two women on Aug. 13 as a gesture of good will.
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