Ab­ducted Fin­nish woman freed

The Maui News - - NEWS -

COPEN­HAGEN, Den­mark — A Fin­nish woman who had been kid­napped in Afghanistan was re­leased Thurs­day and is safe, of­fi­cials said.

The For­eign Min­istry in Helsinki said that her fam­ily had asked for pri­vacy, and the per­son’s em­ployer, a Swedish or­ga­ni­za­tion, had cho­sen not to con­firm her name or dis­close in­for­ma­tion about the ab­duc­tion.

“It is with great joy that we con­firm the re­lease of our Fin­nish col­league who was ab­ducted on May 20,” hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion Op­er­a­tion Mercy said in a state­ment.

In Kabul, the Afghan in­tel­li­gence agency would only con­firm that the aid worker had been re­leased but re­fused to give any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Fin­nish For­eign Min­is­ter Timo Soini said that Fin­land did not pay ran­som “and never would.”

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