Middle East

South African abducted in Syria by armed men, aid group says

In this undated photo South African Shiraaz Mohamed is photographed in Johannesburg. An aid group says that Mohamed has been abducted by armed men in Syria while traveling with aid workers to the border with Turkey. The Gift of the Givers group said Saturday Jan. 14, 2017 that Mohamed was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon near a medical facility operated by the South African aid organization. (AP Photo)

In this undated photo South African Shiraaz Mohamed is photographed in Johannesburg. An aid group says that Mohamed has been abducted by armed men in Syria while traveling with aid workers to the border with Turkey. The Gift of the Givers group said Saturday Jan. 14, 2017 that Mohamed was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon near a medical facility operated by the South African aid organization. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

An aid group says a South African has been abducted by armed men in Syria while traveling with aid workers to the border with Turkey.

The Gift of the Givers group said Saturday that Shiraaz Mohamed was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon near a medical facility operated by the South African aid organization.

Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, says the kidnappers blindfolded Mohamed and two aid workers and drove with their captives for an hour.

Sooliman says the gunmen then freed the two aid workers, but said they would question Mohamed to clear up an unspecified "misunderstanding" and would release him at a Gift of the Givers facility after two days.

However, Mohamed was not released on Thursday.