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Kidnapped Australian Aid Worker Freed

Kerry Wilson was abducted by an unnamed group in April

29/08/2016 1:47 PM AEST | Updated August 29, 2016 14:32
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Kerry Wilson is safe and well after more than four months in capitivity

CANBERRA -- An Australian aid worker who was abducted at gunpoint in Afghanistan in April is safe and well after being released by her captors.

The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Ms Wilson's freedom after just over four months of captivity.

"I am relieved for Kerry Jane, and her family with whom I have remained in close contact," Bishop said in a statement.

The long-time aid worker, also known as Katherine Wilson, was working for the Afghan women's charity Zardozi on the city of Jalalabad when she was abducted by two men in the early hours of April 28.

The abductor's identities have not been revealed, although, at the time of her disappearance, it was reported that the men posed as Afghan military intelligence officers.

"To protect those who remain captive or face the risk of kidnapping in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Government will not comment on the circumstances of Kerry Jane's release," Bishop said.

It is understood Ms Wilson is still in the region and, according to the Foreign Minister, is receiving consular assistance.

"I deeply appreciate the work of the authorities in Afghanistan whose support and assistance facilitated her release, as well as Australian consular staff who continue to provide assistance to Ms Wilson and her family," Bishop said.

Ms Wilson's family has asked for privacy.

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