Australian aid worker Kerry Wilson released after kidnapping in Afghanistan

PUBLISHED Sun, August 28, 2016 - 11:19pm EDT
Photo: Kerry Jane Wilson

Australian aid worker Katherine Jane Wilson, who was abducted in eastern Afghanistan earlier this year, has been released, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced. Wilson is said to be safe and well. (more)

"I confirm that Kerry Jane Wilson, who was abducted in Afghanistan in April this year, has been released, and she is now safe and well," the minister said. "I am relieved for Kerry Jane, and her family with whom I have remained in close contact."

Bishop added: "I deeply appreciate the work of the authorities in Afghanistan whose support and assistance facilitated her release, as well as Australian consular staff who continue to provide assistance to Ms Wilson and her family."

Bishop continued: "To protect those who remain captive or face the risk of kidnapping in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Government will not comment on the circumstances of Kerry Jane’s release. Her family has asked for privacy."

Wilson, who is 60, was working for Zardozi when she was abducted from the charity's office in Jalalabad in April. Wilson was reported to have been kidnapped at gunpoint by two men wearing military uniforms and claiming to work for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security.

It is unclear which group was responsible for Wilson's abduction.

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