German woman and baby freed from kidnappers in Syria

German woman and her baby are freed from kidnappers in Syria

The mother and child were kidnapped in Syria (Getty)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A German woman who was kidnapped in Syria last year whilst pregnant has been freed along with her baby, according to the German foreign office.

The pair were released today and have safely crossed the border into Turkey, a foreign office spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman also reported both are doing well under the circumstances, adding that consular officers and German police are taking care of them.

The German embassy in Ankara is preparing their journey home. Although the woman is not named by officials, German media have claimed she was a freelance journalist who travelled to Syria for exclusive information.

The Weekly claimed she gave birth in December. Earlier in the year reports from Focus magazine claimed she was 27 years old and was taken by militants from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, demanding a €5 million ransom.

However members of the jihadist group have said they were not involved in the kidnapping, and were in fact the ones to save the mother and child, according to the SITE intelligence group.