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Indian Aid Worker Kidnapped In Afghanistan Is Free

An Indian charity worker kidnapped in the Afghan capital last month has been released, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on July 23.

Forty-year-old Judith D'Souza was taken at gunpoint on June 9 near her residence in the center of Kabul.

Swaraj thanked Afghanistan for its “help and support” but did not give details about how the release happened.

She said D'Souza is expected to be back in the Indian capital by evening.

Officials did not say who was behind the kidnapping.

D’Souza was working for the Aga Khan Foundation, which provides education and health assistance in about 30 countries.

Kidnappings are common in Afghanistan, with both Afghans and foreign nationals targeted.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP