An American professor held hostage by the Taliban is gravely sick and desperately wants medical assist, the fear cell stated Monday.
Kevin King, certainly one of two teachers captured in Kabul final yr, suffers from a “harmful” coronary heart illness and a coronary heart drawback, a Taliban official stated.
“His sickness has intensified, his ft have swollen and typically he turns into unconscious and his situation worsens each day,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated in a press release.
“We now have tried to deal with him time to time however we wouldn’t have medical amenities as we’re in a struggle state of affairs,” he continued.
Taliban video exhibits captive American professor pleading for all times
The Taliban stated it gained’t be held accountable ought to King die in captivity, blaming the U.S. for not appearing to satisfy the group’s calls for and thus get King assist.
He and Australian professor Timothy Weeks taught on the American College of Afghanistan in Kabul till August 2016, once they have been kidnapped at gunpoint.
They’re believed to be held by the Haqqani community — a gaggle tied to the Taliban — which as soon as held Military Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in addition to the lately rescued Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle.
Bergdahl, rescued in a 2014 prisoner swap, is now awaiting sentencing for abandoning his submit. Coleman, an American, and Boyle, a Canadian, have been delivered to Toronto two weeks in the past after 5 years in captivity.
The Taliban on Monday stated it wouldn’t launch King until its calls for are met.
In a video launched in January, King pleaded with the U.S. to launch prisoners held in “Bagram,” possible referring to the key U.S. airbase there.
“If you don’t negotiate with them we can be killed,” an emotional King pleaded within the thirteen-minute video.
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