Kidnapped on June 22, Dutch aid worker released
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Dutch aid worker, who was abducted on June 22 in Kabul, has been freed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague announced on Thursday.
Anja de Beer, who headed the Swiss NGO Helvetas' Afghan operations, is currently at the Dutch embassy in Kabul. "She is doing well under the circumstances."
She had been snatched by four gunmen in broad daylight in Kabul. A statement from the ministry said De Beer had been able to speak with her family and Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.
About the release of De Beer, who has worked for several UN agencies over the past decade and a half, Koenders was quoted as saying: "I'm happy that 81 days of uncertainty have come to an end."
Her release came as a result of weeks of discussions with Afghan authorities, the ministry said. She had previously worked for the Red Cross from 2000 to 2001 on projects to help widows and orphans in Afghanistan.
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