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Indian aid worker kidnapped in Kabul by armed gunmen (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Challenges to Goodwill diplomacy in Afghanistan)

Who was Kidnapped?
An Indian aid worker with the Aga Khan Foundation, Judith D’Souza, was kidnapped in Kabul. A source at the Aga Khan Foundation where Ms D’Souza worked, told The Hindu that she is a full-time employee. Ms. D’Souza’s social network account mentions that she has extensive experience of working in development issues and was posted in Aga Khan Foundation’s office in Kabul to oversee gender-related projects.

When was she kidnapped?
Afghan police reconstructed Ms. D’Souza’s movements based on her driver’s statement. The driver, who was with Ms. D’Souza when she was abducted, said she was on her way home just after 10 p.m. after visiting a friend in Kabul. As they left the friend’s house, the driver noticed a car following them, and tried to speed away. However, the car overtook them and stopped. Three men brandishing guns got out and smashed the windows of Ms. D’Souza’s car. They then dragged her and the driver into their car and sped off. The driver was subsequently thrown out of the car.

Any Information with authorities?
Authorities in Afghanistan are yet to hear from any of the terror groups and have not been able to identify the group responsible for the kidnapping.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction, the Afghan police said it could be more than a few days before the group responsible makes contact with the government as the militants prefer to reach a secure location before contacting the authorities.

What is Aga Khan Foundation?
The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and has a long standing commitment to the people of Afghanistan. It works with local communities, the government of Afghanistan and those  in need to enhance the development of the country.



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