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Missing Ex-Gitmo Detainee Spotted In Venezuela

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Mysterious and missing former Guantanamo Bay detainee Jihad Diyab was finally sighted in Venezuela after having been unaccounted for since June.

Jihad Diyab officially turned himself over Wednesday to the Uruguayan Consulate.

Diyab was living in Uruguay since December 2014, where he had been placed by the Obama Administration along with five other former Guantanamo Bay detainees. The former Gitmo resident claimed he wanted to embark on a peaceful religious quest that would make him unreachable, which then prompted Uruguayan officials to admit having lost track of a prisoner with the first name, “Jihad.”

Since his disappearance, it was feared that the Syrian may attempt to attack the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Worries over Diyab’s disappearance were further heightened when Uruguayan authorities acknowledged that Diyab may have reached Brazil.

The Uruguyan Consulate has not independently confirmed to the media that the ex-Gitmo detainee is in their custody, according to the Associated Press.

Diyab was sent to Uruguay as a result of the Obama Administration’s efforts to shut down the naval base’s detention facility in Cuba. Even though several former detainees have been placed abroad in multiple countries, 80 detainees remain at the naval base.

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