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Taliban in Afghanistan says American hostage Kevin King severely sick

Final Up to date Oct 30, 2017 6:04 AM EDT

Kevin King, an American professor who was taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan final 12 months, is critically sick and his well being is deteriorating, in keeping with a press release launched by the extremist group on Monday. The assertion known as on the US to satisfy the group’s calls for as quickly as potential, or the Taliban wouldn’t be accountable for King’s loss of life.

King and his colleague, Australian Timothy Weeks, had been educating on the American College of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul after they had been kidnapped by the Taliban in August 2016.

“We’ve got periodically tried to deal with and take care of him however since we face battle situations and don’t readily have entry to well being services due to this fact we’re unable to ship full therapy,” the assertion launched by the Taliban mentioned.

The group urged that their calls for for the discharge of the hostages be met, including that if “the sickness of Kevin King turns into incurable or he loses his life… (we) is not going to be held accountable.”

Early Monday, the AUAF launched a press release saying King and Weeks had been “harmless victims of a prison abduction. They got here to Afghanistan to show Afghan youth and contribute to constructing a peaceable Afghanistan. They’ve carried out no hurt to anybody. We strongly urge the Taliban instantly to launch Mr. King and Mr. Weeks unhurt.”

U.S. officers mentioned in September that American forces had launched a mission to attempt to rescue the hostages, however the captives weren’t discovered on the raided location.

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