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Ex-hostage in Syria says Brits among his captors

LONDON — A British photographer who was held hostage in Syria for a week said Sunday that his captors were international jihadists who included several Britons.

Freelance photographer John Cantlie and his Dutch colleague, Jeroen Oerlemans, were kidnapped in northern Syria on July 19 and freed a week later.

Writing in the Sunday Times newspaper, Mr. Cantlie said he was held in a camp by some 30 Islamist militants from Britain, Pakistan and Russia’s volatile republic of Chechnya.

He added that he and Mr. Oerlemans escaped with help from members of the Free Syrian Army, one of the groups fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports