Ankara - A South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria by Islamic State three years ago returned home on Thursday with the help of Turkey's intelligence agency, a security source in Ankara said.
Shiraaz Mohamed was captured in January 2017 after travelling to document the suffering of Syrians under war, according to South African charity Gift of the Givers.
The charity tweeted on December 15 that he had been freed and was awaiting coordination between South Africa's government and Turkey's National Intelligence Agency to fly him home.
That took place on Thursday, the Turkish intelligence source told Reuters, without giving more details.
There was no immediate confirmation from South Africa's foreign ministry, Mohamed's family or the Turkish government.