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Afghanistan to deport Christian group
Afghanistan is to deport hundreds of visiting South Korean Christians after Islamic clerics demanded their expulsion, accusing them of trying to spread Christianity.
About 2,000 Koreans say they came to Afghanistan for a "peace festival and educational and entertainment programmes".
Kang Sung Han, a member of the visiting Korean team in Kabul, said on Thursday: "Yes, yes, we have been told to leave Afghanistan because of security concerns".
Han said the Koreans in Kabul have been confined to their accomodation while those outside the capital are preparing to leave the country.
A foreign ministry official in Seoul said the Afghan government had already deported 35 of the evangelical Christians in the past few days and would soon send home another 900.
"The government has started the process of deporting the South Koreans, but securing available planes to take them back to South Korea would not be a easy job," the official said.