An Australian aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghan capital Kabul in November last year has been released, Australian authorities confirmed.
The woman had been working for Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relieve, a non-government organization to coordinate NGOs involved with humanitarian aid in the region, before she was abducted from Qala-e-Fatullah area of the city.
“We thank the authorities in Afghanistan for their support and assistance. The Australian government has provided ongoing consular support,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement, Australia’s state owned ABC reported.
“[The woman’s] family welcomes her safe return and asks that the media respect their privacy at this time,” it added.
The statement didn’t detail how the woman was released. It remains also unclear who were the kidnappers or what was the motive behind the act.
Kidnapping is a major problem in Afghanistan.
The woman abducted in Afghanistan was third Australian to be kidnapped in the country in 2015.
Kerry Jane Wilson, an aid worker who was abducted in eastern Jalalabad city, was freed in August last year. However, the other Australian working as a teacher at the American University in Kabul, still remains in captivity.