Feminine college students of American College of Afghanistan stroll as they arrive for brand new orientation periods at a American College in Kabul, Afghanistan March 27, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/REUTERS)
KABUL — Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents on Monday stated an kidnapped American professor was gravely sick and urged the U.S. to accede to their calls for for his launch and that of an Australian colleague.
Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks had been taken at gunpoint exterior the American College in Kabul greater than a yr in the past and later appeared in a January video tearfully asking President Trump to trade them for militant prisoners.
“We now have periodically tried to deal with and remedy him, however since we face a conflict scenario, we don’t actually have entry to well being amenities to offer him full remedy,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, stated in an announcement.
Mujahid stated King suffered from coronary heart illness, kidney downside and swollen ft and the Taliban would maintain the U.S. authorities accountable if something occurred to him.
He stated the Taliban had introduced to the USA its calls for for releasing the pair, however didn’t reveal what they had been.
The U.S. embbady in Kabul stated they had been conscious of the Taliban badertion.
“It’s appalling that the Taliban continues to take and maintain hostages in such dire circumstances,” the embbady stated in an announcement of its personal.
“We name for the speedy and unconditional launch of Kevin King and all different hostages. The U.S. authorities won’t ever cease making an attempt to get better them and different People held by legal and terrorist networks all over the world,” it stated.
In September 2016, the Pentagon admitted to mounting an unsuccessful rescue mission for the hostages.
Safety badysts have stated the pair are doubtless being held by the Haqqani community, a tough line Taliban faction that has masterminded a collection of lethal badaults in Afghanistan and has been behind quite a lot of abductions, together with of just lately rescued American girl, Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle.
The couple, together with their three youngsters, was freed after 5 years of captivity in what Pakistan stated was a rescue operation after they had been introduced on its aspect of the border a number of weeks in the past.
After her launch, Coleman stated she was raped by the Haqqani community who she blamed for killing one in all her infants through the captivity.
The Taliban categorically denied her allegation, saying she misplaced it in abortion and attributable to lack of entry for medial remedy.
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