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Family hopeful about fate of Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul

Taken by unknown gunmen, officials work for aid worker's release

Published: June 17, 2016 08:43 AM GMT

Updated: June 17, 2016 08:47 AM GMT

Family hopeful about fate of Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul

The family of an Indian aid worker kidnapped in the Afghan capital of Kabul on June 9, remain optimistic about efforts to help secure her release, reports IANS.

"So far there is no news of her whereabouts. But we are happy with the efforts of the Indian government in trying to trace and secure her release," said Jerome D'Souza, the brother of 40-year-old Judith D'Souza who was working for the NGO Aga Khan Development Network in Kabul.

"The (Indian) Ministry of External Affairs has been constantly in touch with us," he said.

The kidnappers identity or whether a ransom has been sought for D'Souza's release has yet to be made known, says the BBC.

"Both the Indian and Afghan governments are endeavoring to secure her release and we are very hopeful of getting her back," her brother added.

D'Souza had been working in Kabul as a senior technical adviser since July 2015.

In June 2014, Father Alexis Prem Kumar from India, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Afghan city of Herat. He was later released in February 2015. No details of the Jesuit priest's ordeal have been made public.

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