Abducted UNAMA employee and child freed in Kabul

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed in a statement Thursday (May 24) the release of one of its employees who had been kidnapped with her child this January in Kabul.

The woman and her driver, both Afghan citizens, disappeared when unidentified gunmen halted their vehicle January 22. On March 16, the driver's body was found in Kabul, said the statement.

"We condemn the shameful abduction and what appears to be the deliberate murder of one of our colleagues," said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative to Afghanistan and acting UNAMA head.

"Our thoughts are with the families most affected by this terrible crime, and we urge authorities to do everything within their powers to bring the perpetrators to account," she said.

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