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Swedish Al-Qaeda hostage freed

Swedish Al-Qaeda hostage freed

India Blooms News Service | | 26 Jun 2017, 08:52 pm
Stockholm , June 26 (IBNS) Militant group Al Qaeda has freed a Swedish man who was kidnapped from Mali in 2011, media reports said.

The released person was identified as Johan Gustafsson.

Swedish Minister Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström confirmed the issue by posting a statement: "I am extremely pleased to be able to announce that today Johan Gustafsson has been able to return to Sweden and reunite with his family.Johan's situation has affected many of us, and extensive efforts have been made to secure his release."

"I would like to urge everyone to show consideration for Johan and his family and to respect their wishes concerning when and whether they will choose to make a statement," read the statement.

Country's former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted: "Extremely good news. Johan Gustafsson, kidnapped in Timbuktu in 2011 by AQ affiliate, in on his way home to Sweden."

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