LONDON: Two journalists released later than being abducted in Syria

On Thursday, two journalists covering the Syrian civil war were kidnapped by a “rebel gang” and unitary of them was shot before members of an anti-extremist rebel group intervened and stopped up their release.


The two, who had dropped several days covering the restive city of Aleppo for the Times, were discharged on Wednesday after local commanders of the group Islamic Front intervened.

Loyd and Hill were abducted sooner in the day along with a local guide while heading from the northern Syrian town of Tall Rifat to Turkey after a “rebel gang” intercepted the vehicle in which they were travelling.

Loyd, who shortly this year won the Foreign Reporter of the Year prize from the Society of Editors for exposing the use of chemical warfare in Syria, was filmed in the legs to prevent him from running away, the Times stated.

Sixty-three journalists have been assured cause to death in the time of working in Syria since 1992, according to figures available on the website of the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists.


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