A Finnish woman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in May as been released, according to the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry made the announcement in a tweet, adding that they will give more information later today. Foreign Minister Timo Soin is visiting Washington DC today, and is scheduled to give a press conference at 16:00 Finnish time.
The 37-year old woman woman, who had been working for Swedish charity called Operation Mercy for three months, was taken during an attack on a guest house in the capital Kabul.
A German who worked for the same charity was shot dead in the attack, and an Afghan guard was beheaded.
Other women living in the house at the time were unharmed.
Two videos were published by kidnappers over the last four months, with the Finnish woman asking for help to secure her release. She said that if the kidnappers did not get the money they wanted “something very bad happens”.
At the time of the attack in May, Afghanistan’s English-language TOLOnews quoted local residents saying the house had been rented by foreigners for several years, and the women usually wore traditional headscarves when they went out in the streets, accompanied by bodyguards.
Kabul’s police chief says he believes the Taliban were behind the attack and kidnapping, and that he offered to provide extra security to the foreigners, but they refused, according to TOLOnews.
Operation Mercy is based in Orebro, Sweden. In a statement, they confirmed the details of the attack, the employee deaths, and the kidnapping of the Finnish staff member.
According to their website, Operation Mercy distributes books to children, and runs a range of classes for women teaching them about business, health awareness, literacy and human rights.