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     5 August 2012

    Syria conflict: Photographers' UK jihadist claim considered

    Reports that Britons were among Islamist militants who kidnapped and wounded two photographers in Syria are being taken "very seriously" by ministers, the Foreign Office has said.

    The claims were made by photographers John Cantlie and Jeroen Oerlemans, who were held at a camp for a week in July.
    "When you're held captive, you're blindfolded and you have a guy sticking a gun at your head, it's very real," he said.

    "It was inferred that we would meet our God. We had sowed the seeds of our own destruction. We would be shot or beheaded.

    "At one point they even started sharpening knives for a beheading. It was pretty frightening."
    "They were from anywhere but Syria," he told the BBC.

    "They were from Pakistan, Bangladesh, the UK and Chechnya. A real mix."

    He said there were "between 10 and 15 young jihadists from the UK" who he described as being "a mixed bunch".

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