Judith D’Souza (40), an Indian NGO worker stationed in Kabul, was abducted on Thursday night by suspected militants right outside her office. The governments and security agencies in India and Afghanistan were involved in tracing her till the time of going to press on Friday.D’Souza, working with international NGO Aga Khan Foundation, hails from Kolkata. In a statement issued in Kabul, the Foundation said: “On Thursday, June 9, a staff member of the Aga Khan Foundation was abducted. An investigation by the authorities, in conjunction with security officials and various partners, has been launched. Every effort is being made for the safe release of the staff member.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Judith’s father, D D’Souza, told PTI in Kolkata that the family received information that three persons — Judith, a security guard and the driver of the vehicle, were abducted and they received the information at 1.30 am from the Indian embassy in Kabul. Judith was a senior technical adviser and was scheduled to return to India next week.An employee at the Foundation’s Delhi office, who didn’t wish to be named, told dna that D’Souza was hired directly for the Afghanistan assignment and hence colleagues in Delhi had not interacted with her much. She had been in Kabul for a year, said the employee.Ministry of external affairs (MEA) sources in New Delhi told dna: “The Indian embassy in Kabul is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government here is in constant touch with D’Souza’s family in Kolkata.”The Indian embassy had issued a security advisory to “all Indians residing and travelling to Afghanistan that the security situation in the country remains highly volatile”. The advisory warned of terrorist attacks and mentioned “the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking throughout Afghanistan”.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday tweeted that the government was “doing everything to rescue her”. Replying to an appeal through Twitter by the victim’s brother, Swaraj tweeted back: “She is your sister and India’s daughter. We are doing everything to rescue her. Pl take care of your sick father.”

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Woman NGO worker from Kolkata abducted in Kabul