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Afghan forces free Australian aid worker kidnapped four months ago

Afghan forces freed an Australian aid worker kidnapped in April
Afghan forces freed an Australian aid worker kidnapped in April

An Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan in April has been freed by Afghan forces after four months in captivity, said officials.

Kerry Jane Wilson, who is in her 60s, was kidnapped in the eastern city of Jalalabad on April 28.

The Afghan intelligence service confirmed that Ms Wilson was freed in a special operation in eastern Afghanistan. At least three suspects were arrested, a statement said.

She has been living in Afghanistan for years and runs Zardozi, an organisation that helps support impoverished Afghan women by selling embroidered items they make.

"She is now safe and well. I am relieved for Kerry Jane and her family with whom I have remained in close contact," said Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop.

"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," she said.

Australia says it never pays ransom to kidnappers.

An Australian and an American were kidnapped in early August in the capital, Kabul, by five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms.

Three other foreigners who were kidnapped in Kabul over the past year have all been released.

AP

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