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Smuggler freed teenage Swede from IS in Iraq

Published onsdag 21 december 2016 kl 09.31
Erbil in northern Iraq.
Erbil in northern Iraq. Credit: Nabil Mounzer, EPA/Scanpix

A 16-year-old Swedish girl who was freed from Islamic State (IS) in Iraq in February was freed by a smuggler paid by her parents and not by Kurdish forces, as reported then by Swedish media.

Documents obtained by SVT News show that the parents paid the smuggler 14,000 dollars, equivalent to SEK 130,000, when they arrived in Erbil to locate their daughter.

The girl was freed along with her daughter who was born during her time in Iraq. The girl's boyfriend, the child's father, had earlier died in battle for IS.

Only after two failed rescue attempts could the smuggler free the 16-year-old and her son.

According to the SVT programme, which will be aired Wednesday evening, the girl's parents received no help from the Swedish authorities for the release of their daughter.

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