Swedish officials say an Iraqi-born Swedish citizen held hostage in Iraq since January has been freed.

The officials gave no details of Minas al-Yousifi's release, and would not comment on whether a ransom had been paid.

Mr. al-Yousifi was kidnapped in the northern city of Mosul on January 28 by a group calling itself the Iraqi Vengeance Brigade.  His captors released two videos in which he pleaded for his release.

Mr. al-Yousifi lived in Sweden for 20 years, before returning to Iraq after Saddam Hussein's ouster two years ago to lead Iraq's Christian Democratic party.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.