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Missing Swedish journalist reported to be safe

Published lördag 21 februari 2015 kl 11.12

A journalist believed missing on the Syrian-Turkish border is reported to be safe, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter writes.

The freelance journalist had reportedly not been heard from for several days, and it was feared he might have been captured by IS jihadist forces in Syria. Dagens Nyheter says it has been contacted by a Kurdish colleague to the man, here in Stockholm, who says the missing reporter is safe, but in an area that lacks cellphone and Internet access.

“I met him in Kobane recently,” says the colleague, who wishes to remain anonymous. “He’s in the villages around al-Hassakah, and he hasn’t been captured,” he tells Dagens Nyheter.

Another Kurdish journalist, Kovan Direj, writes on Twitter: “He has not been captured by IS and I will hear from him tomorrow.” Direj says he has received word from Kurdish sources in the area that the Swede is well.

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