KID­NAPPED IN KABUL, SEARCH ON

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EF­FORTS ON FOR HER RES­CUE

The In­dian mis­sion in Kabul said it was in touch with the Afghan au­thor­i­ties to se­cure the re­lease of Judith D’Souza, a 40-yearold woman from Kolkata who had been work­ing in Afghanistan for al­most three years. The em­bassy in­formed D’Souza’s fam­ily about the kid­nap­ping at around 1.30am on Fri­day. No group has so far claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the kid­nap­ping, sources said

NOT THE FIRST TO BE KID­NAPPED

D’Souza is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the list of In­di­ans kid­napped in the war-torn coun­try. Alexis Prem Ku­mar, a Je­suit pri­est kid­napped in the north­east­ern Afghan prov­ince of Herat, was re­leased af­ter eight months in cap­tiv­ity in Fe­bru­ary last year. Two con­struc­tion work­ers of an In­dian com­pany were kid­napped and re­leased in De­cem­ber 2003

ANX­IOUS FAM­ILY WAITS FOR NEWS

“We re­ceived a call from em­bassy... We were told that three peo­ple have been ab­ducted... There­after, there has been no news about her. We are all very tense and anx­ious. We just want her to re­turn safely,” said Den­zel D’souza, Judith’s fa­ther.

We will spare no ef­forts to res­cue her. She is your sis­ter and In­dia’s daugh­ter. We are do­ing every­thing to res­cue her.” SUSHMA SWARAJ, for­eign min­is­ter, tweeted say­ing she had spo­ken to D’Souza’s sis­ter

Judith D’Souza

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