A 40-year-old Indian woman working for an international NGO, who was kidnapped in Kabul last month by suspected militants, has been rescued, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

Judith D'Souza, who works for Aga Khan Foundation as a senior technical adviser, was kidnapped outside her office in the heart of Kabul on June 9.

Swaraj tweeted:

And announced that she would be in Delhi by Saturday evening:

The External Affairs Ministry was in constant touch with Afghan authorities to ensure a safe release for Judith, a resident of Kolkata.

Judith's family had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging his intervention in ensuring that she is reunited with them. Modi had requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to expedite efforts to secure Judith's release.

Judith D'Souza's father talking to the media in Kolkata | Source: PTI

Her family thanked the Indian government for its efforts to secure her release.

"We are thankful to the Indian government for the rescue of our sister. We are now waiting for her to be back home. We would request the media to respect our privacy," Judith's sister Agnes told PTI.

with inputs from PTI