Abducted Finnish woman freed
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.”