180 jihadists traded by Turkey for hostages: report
The freed Turkish hostages were welcomed at the airport in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sept. 20. AP PhotoSome 180 jihadists, including two British citizens, were handed over to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the deal to secure the release of the hostages abducted from Turkey’s consulate in Mosul, The Times has reported.
A total of 49 Turkish Embassy staff were held hostage by ISIL for 101 days before being released on Sept. 20.
The Times reported that 18-year-old Shabazz Suleman and 26-year-old Hisham Folkard are thought to be among the 180 jihadists returned in exchange, and are being investigated by British counter-terrorism officers.
The report said it has gained access to the list of the swapped jihadists, which also includes three French citizens, two Swedish citizens, two Macedonians, one Swiss and one Belgian.
Turkey contacted tribes in the region and other armed groups to achieve the deal, it added.