Suspected militants have abducted an Indian aid worker from the volatile Afghanistan capital of Kabul, Indian and Afghan officials said on Friday.
The woman was identified as 40 year old Judith D’Souza who was working as a senior technical advisor on gender with the Aga Khan Developmental Network in Kabul, sources in Delhi said.
Hailing from Kolkata, D’Souza was kidnapped late on Thursday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction.
The Indian embassy in Kabul is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government, the sources said, adding that officials in Delhi were also in contact with her family in Kolkata.
They said all efforts were being made by the Afghan authorities to secure her release.
This is not the first time that an Indian aid worker has been kidnapped in Afghanistan.
Taliban militants have mostly been blamed for the kidnappings. Many Indian establishments have also been targeted in the past in Afghanistan even as New Delhi has pledged and huge investments to rebuild the war-torn country.
Indian interests in Afghanistan have been targeted several times in the past, the latest being an attack on its consulate in Jalalabad on March 2.
D’Souza’s abduction comes as the Indian Embassy had issued a security alert last month for its nationals residing in Afghanistan and travelling to the country.
“All Indians residing and travelling to Afghanistan are advised that the security situation in the country remains highly volatile. Terrorist attacks have taken place in the country against foreigners and are expected to continue. There is also the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking throughout the Afghanistan,” a statement had said.