KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The Taliban in Afghanistan told the Xinhua news agency Thursday that two female South Korean hostages in their custody are in "very bad condition."
The Chinese news agency said Yousuf Ahmadi, a purported Taliban spokesman speaking from an undisclosed location, said most of the other 19 surviving hostages, who have been held by the militants since July 19 in Ghazi in central Afghanistan, also aren't in good condition. The report gave no other details.
Ahmadi repeated his charge that the Afghan government isn't serious in its talks and that no progress had been made, Xinhua said.
The militants, who have killed two male South Korean hostages, are demanding the release of some of its prisoners but the Afghan government has shown no interest in a prisoner-hostage swap.