The development came hours after United States claimed to be in touch with both Indian and Afghan authorities. The Afghan media reported that the man, who has been arrested, is being interrogated by the Afghan Police for more leads.

According to sources, an advisory has been issued by the Indian Consulate to all Indians residing there to be more careful. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is also closely monitoring the situation in Herat.

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday with regard to the abduction of Indian aid worker in Afghanistan’s Herat region and urged him to take immediate steps to ensure the safe release of Prem Kumar.

A native of Tamil Nadu, Kumar was working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an educational charity, as its Afghanistan Director and has been in the country for over three years.

Before moving to Afghanistan, Kumar had worked for the JRS, serving Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu.

Kumar had accompanied teachers on a visit to a JRS-supported school for the returnee refugees in Sohadat village, 25 km from the city of Herat. He was kidnapped from the school as he was about to return to Herat, the JRS said.

The abduction comes nearly 10 days after the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat by four heavily-armed gunmen carrying rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.

The attackers were subsequently killed by the security forces who repelled the attack on May 23.

On May 29, the Indian mission in Herat had issued an advisory asking its nationals to exercise extreme caution while venturing out.

(JPN)

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