Kidnapped Australian aid worker Katherine Jane Wilson, who goes by the name Kerry, with her father Brian.Australian aid worker Kerry Jane Wilson has been released unharmed after four months being held hostage in Afghanistan.
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Dr Wilson was snatched at gunpoint in late April by gun-toting men posing as Afghan intelligence officers from the office of her charity in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Since then there has been little news of the 60-year-old from Perth.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed the news on Monday morning, offering thanks to Afghan authorities who helped free the charity worker and Australian officials who had provided support to Dr Wilson’s family.

“I confirm that Kerry Jane Wilson, who was abducted in Afghanistan in April this year, has been released, and she is now safe and well. I am relieved for Kerry Jane, and her family with whom I have remained in close contact.

“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.”

Ms Bishop did not comment on how Dr Wilson’s freedom was secured, in particular whether any ransom was paid. The Australian government does not make or facilitate ransom payments in hostage situations to avoid encourage further kidnappings.

But it was understood at the time Dr Wilson was taken that her abductors were likely local criminals interested in making money rather than hardcore extremists such as Taliban.

“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. Her family has asked for privacy,” Ms Bishop said.

Dr Wilson’s kidnappers talked their way into her compound by posing as Afghan intelligence officers and then snatched Dr Wilson at gunpoint in the early morning raid.

Dr Wilson is a dual Australian-British national who was living in Kabul and had been in Afghanistan nearly 20 years. She was due to fly to Perth to visit her father Brian days after she was abducted.

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