Kidnapped Indian charity worker rescued in Afghanistan

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KABUL: An Indian charity worker kidnapped from Kabul has been rescued, officials said Saturday, more than a month after she was taken at gunpoint in the latest abduction of foreigners in the war-torn country. Judith D’Souza, a 40-year-old staff member of the Aga Khan Foundation, a prominent NGO that has long worked in Afghanistan, was abducted near her residence in the heart of Kabul on the night of June 9. “I am happy to inform you that Judith D’Souza has been rescued,” India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter. “D’Souza is with us — safe and in good spirits… I have spoken to Judith. She is reaching Delhi this evening.” An Afghan security official told Agence France-Presse that D’Souza was rescued in an operation in a district of Kabul on Friday and no ransom was paid. He added that a criminal gang, and not militants, were behind the abduction, which had prompted desperate pleas from D’Souza’s family to Indian officials on social media.

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