A file photo taken on November 11, 2012 shows Turkish photojournalist Bunyamin Aygun working at Ceylanpinar in Urfa, near the Syrian border
A file photo taken on November 11, 2012 shows Turkish photojournalist Bunyamin Aygun working at Ceylanpinar in Urfa, near the Syrian border © Bulent Kilic - AFP/File
A file photo taken on November 11, 2012 shows Turkish photojournalist Bunyamin Aygun working at Ceylanpinar in Urfa, near the Syrian border
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Last updated: January 5, 2014

Turkish photographer freed in Syria

A Turkish photographer kidnapped while covering the civil war in neighbouring Syria has been freed, Turkey's state news agency said Sunday.

Bunyamin Aygun, who works for the newspaper Milliyet, was taken hostage by radical Islamists late last year during a reporting mission in the war-torn country.

He was freed on Sunday and will soon return to Turkey, the Anatolia news agency said, citing Turkish sources.

Rights groups describe Syria as the world's most dangerous country from which to report.

Twenty-five journalists have been killed since the start of the conflict in March 2011, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), while more than 30 journalists are estimated to have been abducted or detained.

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is believed to be holding several foreign journalists, as well as scores of Syrian activists.

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