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Aid worker, kidnapped in Afghanistan, is released

July 25, 2016

A Catholic human-rights worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan early in June has been released.

Judith D'Souza, who was abducted in Kabul on June 9, is expected home in her native India today. India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, who had been working for her release, thanked the government of Afghanistan for its cooperation.

The AsiaNews service reports that after first thinking that the kidnapping was orchestrated by terrorists, authorities now believe it was a simple criminal act, motivated by a desire for ransom. Officials have not disclosed whether or not a ransom was paid.

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