Taliban claims to kill German hostage
( AP ) - A purported Taliban spokesman said the militant group shot and killed one of two German hostages on Saturday and that the other German would be killed within hours unless Germany announced its troops would leave Afghanistan.
Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the German was shot at 12:05 p.m. and that the other would be killed at 1 p.m. without the announcement. Ahmadi made no mention of at least 18 hostages from South Korea also held by the hardline militia.
"The Germans haven't said they would pull out their troops from Afghanistan, that's why the Taliban's high commanders decided to kill the German," Ahmadi told The Associated Press by satellite phone from an unknown location.