Syria: British Journalist John Cantlie Kidnapped With Jeroen Oerlemans Is Released...
A Dutch and British photojournalist who were kidnapped in Syria by Islamist militants have been freed by members of the Free Syrian Army after a harrowing ordeal. John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who has worked for The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph, as well as the BBC, was held hostage alongside Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans. The two men are recovering in Turkey after suffering gunshot wounds during their ordeal.
Oerlemans has been the first to describe their experience.
Speaking to Dutch media on Friday, Oerlemans said their captors were not Syrians, but from Britain, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Estimating that between 30 to 100 held them captive, Oerlemans said some of the gang that held them had "Birmingham accents", he told Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblat.
At least one had a "heavy south London accent" reported the Sunday Telegraph, quoting a source close to the incident.
Oerlemans described the men as "foreign jihadists,” who captured the men "almost immediately" after they crossed the border from Turkey at Bab al-Hawa, on 19 July. (...)