New Delhi, June 10: As unknown gunmen abducted an Indian female aid worker in Afghanistan, hectic efforts are on to trace her. New Delhi is in constant touch with Kabul following this development. Highly placed sources in New Delhi say that there is not much information at the moment, but Kabul has assured us that the lady will be traced.
Ironically the abduction of Judith D'souza, a 40 year old Indian aid worker comes a month after an advisory had been issued by the Embassy of India in Kabul.
There have been attempts made by terrorist outfits to target Indian interests in Afghanistan. This is largely because many are opposed to the idea of India helping in a rebuilding exercise of Afghanistan.
Abduction a month after the advisory:
Last month the Embassy of India had issued a security alert to all Indian citizens residing in Afghanistan. It had also warned Indians travelling to Afghanistan warning that a persistent volatile situation exists in the country.
All Indians residing in Afghanistan and Indian travellers to Afghanistan are advised that the security situation in Afghanistan remains highly volatile.
"Terrorist attacks have taken place in many parts of the country against a variety of targets including foreigners and are expected to continue. There is also the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking throughout the Afghanistan," the advisory further read.
Attempts on to trace Judith:
Delhi says that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the abducted lady is traced. We are in touch with officials in Kabul as well as those in the Indian mission. We are hopeful of her release, an official informed informed OneIndia.
The Indian embassy in Kabul is also in touch with the local officials and also family members of Judith.
Judith was abducted by unknown gunmen at Kabul. The abduction took place near the Qala-e-Fatullah area which has witnessed abductions in the past as well.
No one has claimed responsibility for the incident so far. Officials say that it is hard to tell what exactly the motive could be. However, there has been an attempt to target Indian interests and missions in Afghanistan, officials also pointed out.