Kurdish Special Forces, operating out of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, have rescued a 16-year-old Swedish girl who was lured by an Islamic State (Isis) fighter to its stronghold of Mosul.
Security officials from Iraqi Kurdistan confirmed the teenage girl was successfully rescued from IS (Daesh)’s de-facto capital in Iraq on February 17.
“The Swedish national, Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, is 16-years-old from Borås. She was misled by an ISIL member in Sweden to travel to Syria and later to Mosul,” the Kurdistan Regional Security Council wrote in statement published on social media.
Nivarlain is being cared for in Iraqi Kurdistan and is in the process of being returned home once arrangements are made with the Swedish government, Kurdish authorities said.
A spokeswoman for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told IBTimes UK the Swedish government was not commenting on the statements and was not in a position to either confirm or deny details of the rescue.