A suspect who allegedly attempted to murder Lars Hedegaard, journalist and founder of the International Free Press Society (IFPS), is believed to have been released by the Turkish authorities as part of prisoner swap with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to the suspect's lawyer.

The man who is alleged to have attempted to assassinate Hedegaard was reportedly released by the Turkish authorities as part of an exchange for 46 Turkish captives being held by ISIL.

On Sept. 20, the terrorist group ISIL released 46 Turkish hostages who had been abducted from the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul in June. Speculation as to why they were freed then occupied the country's agenda. The Taraf daily claimed last Thursday that 180 key figures from the jihadist group had been traded for the Turkish hostages.

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