South African photographer back after three years of captivity

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed has returned to the country after being held captive for three years in Syria.

Mohamed was kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) group in 2017 in Syria, where he had travelled to photograph the

conflict there. Mohamed’s family in Johannesburg confirmed through a media statement that he has arrived back in South Africa.

Mohamed escaped from captivity with the help of Turkish intelligence officials, according to local media reports.