Friday, February 29, 2008
*Developing Story* Hostage Crisis in Afghanistan
INN has confirmed that several Westerners have been taken hostage in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. A militant group calling itself "Warriors of Hattin" has seized at least three hostages, and has published videos of the hostages on its website. One hostage is Joseph O'Neill, a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State. Another is Matthew Simon, an aid worked with Engineers Without Borders. The third hostage has been identified as Lieutenant Maria Stadler of the Bundeswehr. The militant group has threatened to execute the hostages by 7am Kabul time (9:30 eastern) if its demands are not met.