Taliban says German hostage is ill
24 July 2007, Kabul (dpa) - A German engineer kidnapped in Afghanistan allegedly by the Taliban is seriously ill and without medical supplies, according to the rebels on Tuesday.
24 July 2007
Kabul (dpa) - A German engineer kidnapped in Afghanistan allegedly by the Taliban is seriously ill and without medical supplies, according to the rebels on Tuesday.
"The German is very ill, he has diabetes," Taliban spokesman Kari Jussif Ahmadi told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
Two German engineers and five Afghans were kidnapped Wednesday. On Sunday the body of one of the engineers was found with a gunshot wound to the back and was flown home for an autopsy Monday.
The rebels said they do no have medicine and "therefore we cannot help him." There are, however, doubts over whether the Taliban were in fact behind the abduction, following conflicting claims from Taliban spokesmen, one of whom said both hostages had been "executed" along with their Afghan companions.
Ahmadi said the hostage was "in difficulties" because the rebels do not have the means to transport him by auto and the Taliban want the "affair resolved fast."
The Taliban gave a new demand for the release of the German hostage directly to the German government Monday evening.
Ahmadi said since Germany has rejected a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as they first demanded, the rebels now want the release of 10 Taliban fighters from Afghan detention.
There are 3,000 German troops on a reconstruction mission in northern Afghanistan.
Subject: German news