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South African abducted in Syria by armed men, aid group says

AP  |  Johannesburg 

An aid group says a South African has been abducted by armed men in Syria while travelling with aid workers to the border with Turkey.

The Gift of the Givers group said today that Shiraaz Mohamed was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon near a medical facility operated by the South African aid organisation.

Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, says the kidnappers blindfolded Mohamed and two aid workers and drove with their captives for an hour.

Sooliman says the gunmen then freed the two aid workers, but said they would question Mohamed to clear up an unspecified "misunderstanding" and would release him at a Gift of the Givers facility after two days.

However, Mohamed was not released on Thursday.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 17:42 IST