(CNN)Swedish nationwide Johan Gustafsson, who had actually been imprisoned by a branch of Al Qaeda in Mali for 6 years, lastly went back to Sweden Monday after being launched by his captors, inning accordance with the Swedish federal government.
42-year-old Gustafsson was abducted from a dining establishment in Timbuktu while on a vacation in Mali in 2011, in addition to South African Stephen McGown and Dutch nationwide Sjaak Rijke. A 4th guy, a German nationwide, was shot dead after attempting to withstand the abductors, inning accordance with CNN-affiliate Aftonbladet .
The Swedish paper stated Gustafsson’s mom was satisfied to become aware of the news of his release, explaining her response as “pleased and grateful.”
Prior to his release, Gustafsson’s last recognized contact with the outdoors world came throughout a video declaration launched in 2015 verifying the 3 males lived and well.
“I miss my household quite,” Gustafsson stated in his video declaration at the time.
Rijke was launched in April. The present circumstance of other captive, McGown, is unknowned.
In her declaration, Wallstrom thanked the efforts of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Police Authority National Operations Department, to name a few authorities both in Sweden and overseas.
“This cooperation has actually now led to Johan having the ability to return house,” he stated.