Details of S. Korean hostage deal elicit mixed reactions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Two prominent Southern Baptists expressed thankfulness Aug. 28 that the Taliban apparently will release 19 South Korean Christian hostages but dismay that as part of the deal the South Korean government will ban Christian missionary work in Afghanistan.
The 19 hostages from Saemmul Presbyterian Church just outside of Seoul were kidnapped July 19 when armed Taliban gunmen stopped their bus as it traveled on a road to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The party actually had 23 members at the time, but two later were executed and two were released.
The 19 hostages aren't free yet, though, and other details must be worked out, South Korea presidential spokesman Cheon Ho-seon said, according to various news reports. In return for the hostages' release, Cheon said, South Korea agreed to keep its promise to pull its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of this year -- something...