A 16-year-old Swedish girl identified as Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, who ran off to Syria after being “misled” by an Islamic State (ISIS) member, has been rescued by Kurdish forces near the Iraqi city of Mosul, officials say.
Nivarlain, who is from the city of Borås in southern Sweden, was rescued by counter-terrorism forces near the city of Mosul, which is the largest city under the control of the Islamic State group. The operation was carried out last Wednesday but details were not disclosed until Tuesday.
“The Kurdistan Region Security Council was called upon by Swedish authorities and members of her family to assist in locating and rescuing her from ISIL,” the council said in a statement. “She is currently in the Kurdistan Region and is provided the care afforded to her under international law.”
Details about Nivarlain’s disappearance were not immediately clear, but the Kurdistan government said she was “misled” by an Islamic State member in Sweden to travel to Syria, where the group also holds territory. She later traveled to Mosul.
The Kurdish government said Nivarlain will soon be transfered to Swedish authorities to return home.
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