Indian aid worker abducted from Herat province in Afghanistan: MEA

Days after the attack on Indian consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, an Indian aid worker was abducted by unknown gunmen from here on Monday evening, a report said.

Updated: Jun 03, 2014, 00:32 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Herat: Days after the attack on Indian consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, an Indian aid worker was abducted by unknown gunmen from here on Monday evening, a report said.

Confirming the incident, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin wrote on microblogging website Twitter - "Indian national working with an NGO in Herat province of Afghanistan has been kidnapped. R Mission pursuing matter with local authorities."

According to initial reports, no terrorist group, including Islamist militant group Taliban has yet taken the responsibility of the said abduction.
The abducted Indian was working with an NGO here, Khaama Press cited local government officials as saying.

A security official in Zenda Jan district said the incident took place today afternoon while the aid worker was visiting the area to assess the work on a project.

Last month, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had blamed the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba for an attack on Indian consulate in Herat on May 23.

The four heavily armed gunmen were however killed and the strike was foiled by Afghan security forces and Indian paramilitary forces.

Karzai, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, also claimed that the Afghanistan government had received information from a Western intelligence agency that the attackers belonged to the LeT.