March 2, 2014 / 11:21 AM / in 4 years

Spanish journalist freed after being kidnapped in Syria

MADRID (Reuters) - Veteran Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, kidnapped in Syria in early September last year, has been freed, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday.

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks as he holds his weapon along a damaged street in the besieged area of Homs March 1, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

“I am very happy...I spoke to him early today, he is in reasonable shape, he is happy,” Rajoy told Radio 5, Spain’s public radio station.

Marginedas, a reporter for El Periodico de Catalunya, was abducted on September 4 near the Western town of Hama and moved to different locations in areas controlled by the opposition to President Bashar-al-Assad, the newspaper said on its website.

Marginedas was currently in Turkey with Spanish officials, the newspaper said.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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