Afghanistan: Aid worker released after kidnapping in April

Published August 29th, 2016 - 02:36 GMT
Katherin Jane Wilson. (AFP/File)
Katherin Jane Wilson. (AFP/File)

The Australian foreign minister on Monday said a female aid worker, who was kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan four months ago, had been released.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement: "I confirm that Kerry Jane Wilson, 60, who was abducted in late April this year, has been released, and she is now safe and well."

Katherine Jane Wilson, also known as Kerry, had been abducted from Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. She was kidnapped by gunmen from the house she was staying in.

Bishop said: "I deeply appreciate the work of the authorities in Afghanistan whose support and assistance facilitated her release, as well as Australian consular staff who continue to provide assistance to Wilson and her family."

The minister stopped short of giving details of Kerry Jane's release to protect other captives or those facing the risk of kidnapping in Afghanistan. Bishop said she had been in close contact with Wilson's family during her captivity.

By Javid Hamim Kakar

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