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Syria militants threatened to 'execute’ freed Turkish reporter

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Turkish journalist Bünyamin Aygün said al Qaeda-linked militants who held him in Syria threatened to cut him "into pieces”. The photographer was freed by the Free Syrian Army in a January 5 raid after 40 days in captivity.

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Turkish journalist Bünyamin Aygün said the al Qaeda-linked militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) who captured him in Syria threatened that they would “cut you into pieces” as a more “honourable execution”.

The daily Milliyet photographer was freed in a January 5 raid by the Free Syrian Army after spending 40 days in captivity. He was returned to Turkey through the Cilvegözü border gate in Hatay, with a team of eight National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) special unit members.

Aygün said that after 20 days of captivity, one kidnapper who was designated as the “kadı” (Muslim judge) ruled in favour of his execution.

“He said, ‘It’s either execution by fusillade or by being cut into pieces. We will cut you into pieces; this is more honourable for you’," Aygün said.

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