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    » 06/02/2014, 00.00

    AFGHANISTAN - INDIA

    Indian jesuit kidnapped in Afghanistan

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Father Alexis Prem Kumar sj, chief of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was abducted today (Monday) afternoon by unidentified gunmen when he was on the way to a school. Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson confirmed the incident.

    Kabul (AsiaNews) - Chief of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international catholic organization, was abducted today (Monday) afternoon by unidentified gunmen in western Herat province.

    Father Alexis Prem Kumar, sj an Indian national, was kidnapped when he was on the way to a school to survey the educational process in Zinda Jan locality where refugees are sheltered.

    Confirming the incident, Indian 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." 

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    09/09/2014 AFGHANISTAN - INDIA
    Afghanistan, kidnapped Indian Jesuit "is alive and safe"
    This is according to the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj, who adds that New Delhi is "working for his release". Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, SJ, was kidnapped last June.

    23/02/2015 INDIA - AFGHANISTAN
    Afghanistan, Indian Jesuit freed after eight months in captivity
    Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, head of the Afghan section of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is back in Delhi. The organization expresses "immense gratitude" to the Indian government. Former regional director for South Asia: "Positive sign for the volunteers who work in Afghanistan."

    07/06/2014 AFGHANISTAN - INDIA
    Three Taliban arrested over kidnap of Indian Jesuit
    The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms that "the situation is very delicate." A group of tribals in Tamil Nadu organize a prayer vigil to demand the release of the priest.

    13/06/2014 INDIA - AFGHANISTAN
    Modi: Will spare no effort for release of fr. Kumar, abducted in Afghanistan
    Indian Prime Minister wrote a letter to chief minister of Tamil Nadu, native place of abducted Jesuit. Modi is "deeply concerned" and "will continue to monitor the situation very closely."

    05/06/2014 AFGHANISTAN - INDIA
    Afghanistan, a suspect in the kidnapping of Indian Jesuit is arrested
    The man is in custody for further investigation. Some residents of the District of Zendjan , where the kidnapping took place, believe Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar may be located in the district of Gulran.



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