- Shiraaz Mohamed was captured by the IS in Syria in 2017 and finally returned home just yesterday
- The photojournalist was in Syria documenting the suffering when he was taken hostage
- Turkish intelligence sources informed Reuters of the news on Thursday, but no other details were shared
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A South African photojournalist that was kidnapped in Syria was released and reportedly returned home safely on Thursday. He was captured by the Islamic State in 2017 but was rescued with the help of Turkey’s intelligence agency.
South African charity Gift of the Givers reported that while Shiraaz Mohamed was photographing the suffering of the people in the war-torn country he was captured.
Briefly.co.za learnt that excitement was in the air on 15 December when the charity tweeted that Shiraaz had been freed after almost three years in captivity.
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He was awaiting organisation between South Africa’s government and that of Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency in order for him to fly home.
The Turkish intelligence source informed Reuters of the news on Thursday, but no other details were shared. There has been no confirmation from either South Africa’s foreign ministry, Mohamed’s family or the Turkish government.
Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, has stated to Reuters that the ministry made confirmation to the charity that they were in contact with Turkish intelligence on 18 December, in which they confirmed Mohamed was with them.
Everything seems in be in the air as the charity has not received any further information since 26 December. Sooliman also said that they have not been involved since then.
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