Dutch aid worker freed in Afghanistan

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Kabul (dpa) – A Dutch aid worker who was abducted by unknown gunmen in Afghanistan’s capital has been released after 81 days of captivity, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said.

Anja de Beer, who was abducted in Kabul city on June 22, was released on Thursday.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, said in a statement that she is in the Dutch embassy in Kabul and “is doing well under the circumstances.”

“I’m pleased to hear that Anja de Beer has been released, putting an end to 81 long days of uncertainty,” he said. “I spoke with her, and it was very reassuring to hear she is in good health.”

It is still unclear who abducted de Beer and the Dutch Foreign Ministry did not provide further details on the circumstances of her release.

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