Released French journalists 'thank Turkey'

Le Point magazine journalist Nicolas Henin tells French television channel France 24

Released French journalists 'thank Turkey'

World Bulletin/News Desk

Nicolas Henin, one of four French journalists released after 10 months of captivity in Syria, has said they owe their freedom to Turkey.

Henin's comments on Sunday came after he and fellow journalists Edouard Elias, 23, Didier Francois, 53, and Pierre Torres, 29, arrived earlier in the day at a military base in northern France from Turkey, after being held in captivity in Syria since June.

Speaking on French television channel France 24, Henin said: “Our captors had directed us to the Turkish military base ... We were released thanks to Turkey. We thank Turkey and the Turkish army."

He went on: “Usually we were not very well fed. [But then] our captors brought us a better meal and asked us if we wanted some more, which had never happened before. That’s when we thought ‘something is happening’.” 

 Henin, who was working for Le Point magazine at the time of his capture, said the group once attempted to escape, but failed, and their captors had constantly changed their location.

 He added that news reports that the journalists had been found near the border with their hands bound and eyes blindfolded were not true.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the abductions.


Last Mod: 20 Nisan 2014, 23:44
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