There has been no breakthrough in the kidnapping case of the Indian. The victim, who works with international Catholic NGO Jesuit Refugee Service, had gone to visit a school outside Herat when he went missing.

He continues to remain in captivity for the fourth day on Wednesday with local authorities yet to get any ‘conclusive’ clues in the case.

United States is in touch with both Indian and Afghan authorities on the abduction of the Indian.

"We are aware of the reports that an Indian national has been kidnapped near Heart. We are in touch with the Indian and Afghan authorities regarding this issue," a state department spokesperson said when asked about the arrest of the 47-year-old Prem Kumar, country director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

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.

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.


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