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シリアで拘束のジャーナリスト安田純平さん、3年4カ月ぶりに解放

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kidnap
誘拐する
captivity
捕らわれの状態
cell
独房
torture
拷問する
branch
(ここでは)関連組織
Nusra Front
ヌスラ戦線
surveillance group
調査団体
commander
司令官
Turkistan Islamic Party
武装勢力「トルキスタン・イスラム党」のこと
(be) comprised of ~
~から成る
jihadi
異教徒と戦うイスラム教徒
chief cabinet secretary
内閣官房長官
foreign minister
外相
embassy
大使館
immigration center
入管施設のこと
(be) taken hostage
人質になる
cleric
聖職者
Yasuda Jumpei (Antakya Governorate via AP)

Japanese journalist kidnapped in Syria freed   

Japanese journalist Yasuda Jumpei was freed after more than three years of captivity in Syria on Oct. 23.

Yasuda, 44, returned to Japan on Oct. 25.

Yasuda described his 40 months in captivity as "hell," both physically and mentally. He said he was kept in a tiny cell and tortured. There was a time when he was not allowed to bathe for eight months, he said.

Yasuda was kidnapped in 2015 by al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known at the time as the Nusra Front, after contact with him was lost in June that year. A surveillance group said he was most recently held by a Syrian commander with the Turkistan Islamic Party, which is mostly comprised of Uyghur jihadis in Syria.

News of Yasuda's release came late on Oct. 23 from Qatar, which helped in obtaining his freedom along with Turkey and other countries in the region, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said.

Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro said on Oct. 24 that Japanese Embassy officials met with the freelance journalist at an immigration center in southern Turkey near the border with Syria.

Yasuda started reporting on the Middle East in the early 2000s. He was taken hostage in Iraq in 2004, but was freed after Islamic clerics negotiated his release. (AP)

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