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Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul rescued: Swaraj

An Indian woman working for an international NGO, who was kidnapped in Kabul last month by suspected militants, has been rescued, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul rescued: Swaraj
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Judith D'Souza

New Delhi

40-year-old Judith D'Souza, who works for Aga Khan Foundation as a senior technical adviser, was kidnapped outside her office in the heart of Kabul on June 9.

"I am happy to inform you that Judith D'Souza has been rescued," Swaraj tweeted. She also thanked Afghan authorities for their "help and support" in securing Judith's release.

The External Affairs Ministry was in constant touch with Afghan authorities to ensure a safe release for Judith, a resident of Kolkata.

Swaraj also lauded the efforts made by India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra in securing Judith's release.

Judith's family had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging his intervention in ensuring that she is reunited with them.

Modi had requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to expedite efforts to secure Judith's release.

Judith's family thanks govt for rescuing her

The family of Judith D'Souza, who was rescued after being abducted in Kabul last month, today thanked the Indian government for its efforts to secure her release.

"We are thankful to the Indian government for the rescue of our sister. We are now waiting for her to be back home. We would request the media to respect our privacy," Judith's sister Agnes told PTI.

Judith, working for the Aga Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser, was kidnapped from outside her office in Kabul on June 9.

Judith's family had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging his intervention in ensuring that she is reunited with them.

Modi had requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to expedite efforts to secure Judith's release.

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