2 Germans who were missing in Syria are heading home; authorities trying to locate 3rd German

  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 12:40 PM

BERLIN — Germany's Foreign Ministry says two Germans who went missing in Syria are heading back to their homeland.

The Gruenhelme aid organization said last weekend that three of its workers — Bernd Blechschmidt, Simon Sauer and Ziad Nouri — were missing and believed kidnapped. It said they were taken by unknown persons from the town of Harem in Idlib district on May 14.

The Foreign Ministry said Friday that two Germans who'd been missing in the civil war-struck Arab nation were heading back to Germany, but it would not identify them or give other details. The ministry said it was trying to ascertain the whereabouts of a third missing German.

Gruenhelme, whose name means "Green Helmets" in German, specializes in reconstructing schools and medical facilities in crisis regions.

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