Nineteen South Koreans freed by Taliban captors returned home to loved ones' tearful embraces Sunday, expressing sorrow for two in their group who were killed in Afghanistan and apologizing to the nation for causing trouble.
The 19 former hostages, let go in stages last week under a deal between the Taliban and the South Korean government, arrived on a flight from Dubai. They were reunited with family members at a hospital in Anyang, South of Seoul, where they were receiving medical checks.
After hugs and tears, some family members were gently critical, questioning why the group went to Afghanistan in the first place.
"I thought you would be killed," Cheon Kwang-sil, 77, told her granddaughter Lee Young-kyung, who at 22 was the youngest of the hostages. "I told you not to go there."