An Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a month ago has been rescued unharmed, officials say. Judith D’Souza, 40, was working for the Aga Khan Foundation when she was abducted at gunpoint near her home in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on 9 June.
No details have been given about the rescue operation and officials have not said who the hostage takers were. “Judith D’Souza is with us – safe and in good spirits,” Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter.
Ms D’Souza is travelling back to India with her country’s ambassador to Afghanistan and is due to reach Delhi on Saturday evening, Ms Swaraj added.
Jerome D’Souza, a family member, tweeted that the “family’s joy knows no bounds”. Kidnapping is a significant problem in Afghanistan. Most of those abducted have been Afghans but foreign aid workers have increasingly become targets.