News - Afghanistan
Indian aid worker Judith D'Souza has been rescued more than a month after she was kidnapped in Kabul.
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said early Saturday on her twitter account "I am happy to inform you that Judith D'Souza has been rescued."
According to India's The Hindu, D'Souza, who is "safely" with Indian embassy officials in Kabul will return to India "very soon".
D'Souza worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Kabul for some years and was due to return to India in a week when she was abducted on the night of June 9.
According to police, D'Souza had been visiting a friend and was in her car with a driver and security guard when they were overtaken by gunmen and forced into another car at gunpoint.
However, they let the two men go but reportedly asked D'Souza if she was a "foreigner", said police. The manner of her abduction made the police suspicious, however, and they kept both the driver and guard in custody. While officials would not reveal any details during the investigation, sources confirmed that interrogating the two men had given them significant leads that indicated the motive for her kidnapping was ransom, and that she hadn't, as feared by many, been targeted by the Taliban, media reports stated.
D'Souza was believed to be held by a gang in the Shomali Plains, close to the village of the two men in custody, India's media reported.
The D'Souza family in Kolkata — father Denzel D'Souza and mother Lawrence D'Souza along with sister Agnes D'Souza — were delighted to hear the news.
According to The Hindu, Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Abdali said last week that he was "optimistic" of her return, saying her captors seems to be "gangsters, not terrorists" and were seeking a ransom before releasing her.