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Published Jul. 31, 2007

Police in central Afghanistan at daybreak today discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage slain by the Taliban, officials said.

Al-Jazeera television network, meanwhile, showed footage that it said showed seven female hostages in Afghanistan. It did not say how it obtained the video, and its authenticity could not immediately be verified.

The victim's body was found in the village of Arizo Kalley in Andar District, some 6 miles west of Ghazni city, said Abdul Rahim Deciwal, the chief administrator in the area.

A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said senior Taliban leaders decided to kill the male captive because the government had not met Taliban demands to trade prisoners for the Christian volunteers, who were in their 12th day of captivity Monday.

The Taliban kidnapped 23 South Koreans on July 19, the largest group of foreign hostages taken in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. Last Wednesday, the insurgents killed their first hostage, a male leader.