Timothy Weeks now supports dialogue with the militant group as a way to end the years-long Afghan conflict.
Mayor Francis Zamora of the Philippine capital's San Juan area said the gunman also shot one person at the V-Mall. The victim was in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
The governor of Turkey's southern Hatay province says Jumpei Yasuda was rescued as a result of efforts by Turkish intelligence and security units. The Japanese journalist was kidnapped in 2015 by Al Qaeda's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.
The motives behind the the incident, in which the assailant had also taken a woman hostage and injured two more people, remain unclear.
Around 30 "civilians" have been released but at least 30 others are still missing, the head of Kandahar provincial police says. It is not clear why the villagers were kidnapped as it is unusual for the Taliban to take civilians as hostages.
Human rights commissioner says there is grave danger the group might opt to kill such vulnerable people rather than see them set free.
An unidentified gunman with an unknown motive has been killed after taken hostages in a cinema in western Germany.
Pakistani Chottu gangesters kill six police officers and captures 24 people as hostages in clash with police
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