A government official says three Swedish adults and a child have been released after being held by Pakistani authorities for more than a month.

Mehd-Muhammed Ghezali, Munir Awad and his partner Safia Benaouda were among a group of foreigners detained near Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions on August 28 on suspected al-Qaeda links. Benaouda was accompanied by her small child.

Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Kent Oberg says the four have been released and that they boarded a Sweden-bound plane shortly before 1330IST.

Oberg could not give the reasons for their release.

The August arrests created headlines in Swedish media because Ghezali is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. He was released in 2004 and denied al-Qaeda links.

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