German woman and baby freed from captors in Syria

German woman and baby freed from captors in Syria
2 min read
29 September, 2016
A German journalist who was kidnapped in Syria is ready to return home after being freed along with her baby earlier this week.
A once al-Qaeda aligned rebel group have been accused of kidnapping the woman [AFP]

A German woman who was kidnapped in Syria last year while she was pregnant has been freed along with her baby.

The pair were released on Wednesday and had safely crossed the border into Turkey, a German foreign ministry spokeswoman said, declining to name the woman.

"The German national and her child who was born in captivity are doing well under the circumstances," she said.

The two were now safely in the care of consular officers and German police.

The German embassy in Ankara was preparing their journey home.

"[We are] relieved about the positive outcome of this case given the extraordinarily difficult situation in Syria," the spokeswoman said Wednesday.

German media have identified the woman as a freelance journalist who travelled to Syria on the promise of getting exclusive information.

Focus magazine reported earlier this year that the 27-year-old had gone missing in October 2015, apparently kidnapped by militants from the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front who were demanding a five-million-euro ($5.6-million) ransom.

The weekly said she gave birth in December.

But members of the rebel group, which is now known as Fateh al-Sham, said in a statement on Wednesday that they had nothing to do with the kidnapping and had in fact been the ones to free the woman and her baby, according to the SITE intelligence group.

The German government says it does not pay ransom demands for hostages. 

The foreign ministry spokeswoman said German officials had made "considerable efforts to resolve the case".