A Finnish aid worker has been freed in Afghanistan, after 118 days as a captive. The woman was an employee of Operation Mercy, a Swedish NGO that also ran the guesthouse from where she was abducted.

The Finnish woman was taken in May when gunmen raided the international guesthouse in Ayoub Khan Mena, in PD7, Kbaul. A German colleague was shot dead and an Afghan guard was beheaded in the attack. Beheading is not a tactic commonly used in Afghanistan, leading to speculation that Daesh was responsible.

Authorities have denied a ransom was paid. “Finland has not paid, and will not pay ransom in the future. If we did, we would only encourage further kidnappings,” said Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini at a press conference.

Earlier this month, two Red Cross workers were released in Jawzjan – Quick Read: Kidnapped Red Cross Staff Released In Afghanistan After Seven Months.

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