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kidnapping of Swedes in Syria

Police tight lipped about the details

Published onsdag 8 januari 2014 kl 18.28

The release of the Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström follows a period of negotiations, but the police are tight lipped about the details, the news agency TT reports.

Citing a source "with insights into the case", TT says the negotiators were professionals who have experience from earlier efforts to free journalists. No political demands were put, only a demand for a sum of money, TT reports, noting that this indicated that the kidnappers were criminals rather than members of the Assad-regime or the rebel forces.

The two journalists were captured in Syria in November. Whether any money has been paid out is unclear and the police are not revealing any details.

"This kind of work is about peoples lives and well being. We have other Swedish citizens who are kidnapped in Syria and there is a reason for  us to keep our working methods secret," says Henrik Malmquist, head of the criminal investigation department at Swedish police.

Last week, five professionals from Doctors without Borders, were captured in northern Syria. One of them is a Swede.

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