KABUL, Afghanistan — Kidnappers threatening to kill three foreign U.N. workers in Afghanistan said Monday that they were willing to meet with an envoy from the United Nations, but they warned that any rescue attempt would end in bloodshed.
The militants, a Taliban splinter group, have demanded that the United Nations leave Afghanistan and that the United States release prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
They said the hostages were held in more than one location.
"If the government and coalition forces find one of them, we will kill the other two," Ishaq Manzoor, a spokesman for the group, said by telephone.
In another phone call, militant Akbar Agha reiterated a noon Wednesday deadline for action to save the hostages' lives.
Unidentified armed men abducted Annetta Flanigan of Northern Ireland, Philippine diplomat Angelito Nayan and Shqipe Hebibi of Kosovo from a U.N. vehicle at gunpoint in the capital on Thursday.