Polish photographer kidnapped in Syria back home after escape

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Polish photojournalist Marcin Suder, who was kidnapped in Syria in July, has managed to escape his captors and is back home, Poland’s foreign ministry announced on Thursday.

“Marcin Suder is already back home,” Radoslaw Sikorski said on his official Twitter account.

“He was very lucky, he managed to escape,” foreign ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski told AFP without elaborating.

Suder, a 34-year-old freelancer who worked for the Corbis agency and other outlets, was abducted by masked gunmen on July 24 during a raid on a media center in Saraqeb, in the northwestern province of Idlib.

No reason was given for his kidnapping and no one had publicly claimed responsibility for the abduction.

International press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says Syria is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists to work in. At least two dozen journalists have been killed there, as have at least 26 citizen journalists, since the start of the Syrian revolt in March 2011.

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