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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
In pictures: South Korean hostages

TV news footage of the hostages at a railway station in Seoul - 31/07/07

It was the news that all South Koreans had dreaded. A second hostage in Afghanistan has been killed by the Taleban.

A TV picture of Shim Sung-min at a railway station in Seoul - 31/07/07

Shim Sung-min was a 29-year-old former information technology worker who had been on an aid mission with his church.

The mother of Shim Sung-min (left) - 31/07/07

His devastated family described him as a warm-hearted and chivalrous person, whose principle in life was "to help needy neighbours and the weak".

Afghan personnel move the body of Shim Sung-min - 31/07/07

Shim Sung-min is the second member of the 23-member group to be killed since the team was seized while travelling on a bus in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on 19 July.

The coffin of Bae Hyung-kyu carried from an ambulance in Anyang, west of Seoul - 30/07/07

The body of the leader of the group, Pastor Bae Hyung-kyu, arrived in Seoul on Monday, five days after he was killed.

TV footage of the group of hostages at a railway station in Seoul - 31/07/07

The group - 18 of whom are women - had been volunteering on a project organised by the Saemmul Community Church, south of Seoul.

Relatives of the hostages wait for news in Seongnam City, south of Seoul - 30/07/07

Relatives have been gathering together to support each other through the agonising wait for news.

Waiting for news in Seongnam City, south of Seoul - 30/07/07

The killings have sent shock waves through South Korea. Both the government and relatives have urged the international community to help bring a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Anti-war rally in Seoul - 31/07/07

Peace protesters have been calling on Seoul to bring forward its plans to withdraw the 200 South Korean troops currently in Afghanistan by the end of the year.

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