KABUL: A female Indian aid worker has been released almost one and half after she was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kabul city, the Indian officials have confirmed.
The External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj tweeted earlier today “”I am happy to inform you that Judith D’Souza has been rescued.”
Swaraj further added that Judith will arrive in New Delhi this evening and will be accompanied by the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra.
“Thank you Afghanistan – for all your help and support in rescuing #Judith,” Swaraj added.
Judith (40) was kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan, on June 9. She is an NGO worker from Kolkata, reportedly working as a senior technical advisor on gender with the Aga Khan Developmental Network in Kabul.
The main motive behind her abduction has not been ascertained so far and no group has claimed the abduction yet.
The Afghan authorities have not commented regarding the circumstances surrounding Judith’s abduction and release from the gunmen.
She was kidnapped as the level of insecurity was at its peak across the country including capital.
Judith was kidnapped days after the Embassy of India in Kabul issued a security alert earlier last month to the Indian citizens residing in Afghanistan and travelling to the country, warning regarding the persistent volatile situation of the country.
“All Indians residing in Afghanistan and Indian travellers to Afghanistan are advised that the security situation in Afghanistan remains highly volatile. Terrorist attacks have taken place in many parts of the country against a variety of targets including foreigners and are expected to continue. There is also the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking throughout the Afghanistan,” the statement said. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES