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Competent authorities managed to free the Austrian national Anton Sandrer from armed groups who kidnapped and held him captive in one of their dens in al-Waar neighborhood in Homs city.


Sandrer, an Austrian lawyer who arrived in Homs city on August 24, told SANA that life in al-Waar neighborhood was normal when he first arrived there. “After terrorists stormed the neighborhood, life soon became a living hell.”

“I was continually harassed and pursued in what was like house arrest, until they kidnapped me in November last year,” he said.


“I was soundly beaten by the kidnappers who blindfolded me, tied me up in chains and took away the money I had. They gave me such a hard time…Afterwards; they asked for ransom …I felt they wanted to kill me. I was horror-struck.”

“I was always hearing people crying in pain as they were tortured. It was horrible,’ he recalls.

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