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Swedish hostage Johan Gustafsson 'pretended to be Muslim' to survive

Johan Gustafsson at a Thursday press conference. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Published: 10.Aug.2017 10:26 hrs

Swede Johan Gustafsson, who was kidnapped by al-Qaeda in Mali in 2011, has spoken publicly for the first time since his release this summer after almost six years in captivity.

Gustafsson from Värnamo, southern Sweden, returned home in June after five years and seven months in captivity in Mali. Sweden has refused to provide details about how his release was secured, describing it only as the result of "years of efforts" by police, diplomats and Swedish and international authorities.

On Thursday Gustafsson held a press conference in Stockholm for the first time.

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