Second hostage ‘well’ - body of first ‘had shot wounds’

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30 July 2007, Kabul/Berlin (dpa) - A German engineer still being held hostage in Afghanistan since July 18 is alive and well, German Press Agency dpa learend from a well-informed source in Afghanistan Sunday.

30 July 2007

Kabul/Berlin (dpa) - A German engineer still being held hostage in Afghanistan since July 18 is alive and well, German Press Agency dpa learend from a well-informed source in Afghanistan Sunday.

Negotiations for his release were making some progress, the source added. German reports have said the man is reported to suffer from high blood pressure and to need regular medication.

The Afghanistan source said he was being held by "a local Taliban group with a criminal background", which had only loose ties with the tightly-organised Taliban of Mullah Omar, and no political agenda.

In Germany, it was reported that the body of the hostage's colleague recovered recently had gunshot wounds to both knees and to the back.

The mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag said the 44-year-old had been shot first in the knees and then in the back. It quoted German security sources after an autopsy carried out in Cologne on Thursday.

The German Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report and staff at the forensic institution where the autopsy was carried out said further tests were being made before a final report was released, probably in the first week in August.

The dead man leaves behind a widow and a school-aged son.

The two German engineers were abducted on July 18. Afghan police reported on July 22 that they had found the body of one of the men. German reports said he was a diabetic and there was speculation he was killed when his abductors found he could not keep up with them.

DPA

Subject: German news

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