New Delhi: Judith D'Souza, an Indian national, late on Thursday, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen near Qala Fattulah area in Kabul, security officials confirmed. According to reports, the 40-year-old woman is an employee of Agha Khan network, an NGO.
The Indian Embassy is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government is also in touch also with her family in Kolkata. All efforts are being made by Afghan authorities to secure her early release.
The incident took place in the vicinity of Qala-e-Fatullah area of the city where numerous kidnap incidents have taken place in the past.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the she has spoken to the sister of Judith D'Souza and will spare no efforts in rescuing her.
I have spoken to the sister of Judith D' Souza. We will spare no efforts to rescue her. @VohraManpreet
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 10, 2016
The Indian Embassy had, earlier in May, issued a security alert to Indian nationals residing in Afghanistan or travelling there, about the volatile situation in 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 had said.
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