Hostages Freed NPR's Michael Sullivan reports that an eight-day hostage drama in Afghanistan has come to an end. Five hijackers left an Indian Airlines plane in Kandahar today, after India finally agreed to release three Kashmir militants. The hijackers originally had demanded the release of 35. After the hijackers abandoned the plane, doctors and nurses boarded the aircraft to help the 155 surviving passengers. The Taliban movement, which rules most of Afghanistan, says the hijackers have 10 hours to get out of the country.