Abducted UN staff member and her child released in Kabul

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan confirms that a UN employee who was kidnapped with her child has been released in Kabul.

“The United Nations in Afghanistan welcomes the release in Kabul of a colleague and her child held hostage since January, while expressing outrage at their abduction and the earlier murder of another colleague who was also seized during the same incident,” UNAMA said in a statement.

The statement further adds that the release of the woman and her young son is of enormous relief to their loved ones, colleagues and to the entire UN family in Afghanistan.

“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 for Afghanistan and Acting Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). “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.”

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