German Aid Worker Kidnapped By The Taliban in Afghanistan Released After 2 Months in Captivity

German Aid Worker Kidnapped By The Taliban in Afghanistan Released After 2 Months in Captivity

A female German aid worker who was kidnapped by armed Taliban fighters in Afghanistan has been released today and is in good health.


The woman, who has not been named, was seized in Kabul two months ago but was released today, her employers, the German development organisation GIZ said.

They confirmed that her general condition ‘is good, considering the circumstances’ and added that the woman was ‘very relieved and happy’ at being released.

Situation worsening: Security in the Afghani capital has deteriorated in recent months as Taliban insurgents have intensified their war against the Kabul government (file picture)

Situation worsening: Security in the Afghani capital has deteriorated in recent months as Taliban insurgents have intensified their war against the Kabul government (file picture)

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter-Steinmeier, on a visit to Tehran, also said he was ‘very relieved’ at the news.

He thanked the Afghan government and the country’s security forces, without giving details of the circumstances surrounding the woman’s release.

The aid worker, whose identity has not been made public, was taken on August 17 from a central Kabul neighbourhood where a number of foreign aid agencies are based.

Security forces at the scene told AFP at the time that she was forced out of the vehicle she was travelling in and hauled away by armed men.

Kidnapping: The woman was kidnapped last August outside the office of German government aid agency GIZ, in Kabul, Afghanistan

Kidnapping: The woman was kidnapped last August outside the office of German government aid agency GIZ, in Kabul, Afghanistan

The incident marked the second abduction of a GIZ aid worker since April, when an employee of the agency was kidnapped in the restive northern province of Kunduz. He was rescued in a police operation after 40 days in captivity.

Aid workers in Afghanistan have increasingly been casualties of a surge in militant violence in recent years.

In April the bullet-riddled bodies of five Afghan workers for Save the Children were found after they were abducted by gunmen in the strife-torn southern province of Uruzgan.

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