Conflicting reports emerged yesterday over the fate of an Italian Jesuit priest known for opposing the Syrian regime, with some activists saying they feared he had been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda, reports AFP on FoxNews.
But a Roman Catholic aid organisation, Aid to the Church in Need, said Father Paolo Dall'Oglio had gone to meet members of Al-Qaeda to demand the release of someone being held by them and had likely not been kidnapped.
The Vatican said it had no information.
And the Italian foreign ministry is waiting for more information before making a statement, as information on the priest's whereabouts remains 'contradictory,' Italian news agency ANSA said.
Anti-regime website All4Syria reported that Dall'Oglio travelled on Monday to meet with the jihadist Al-Nusra Front's leader in the northern city of Raqa.
'But he has not returned,' said the site.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said he had gone to meet commanders of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an Al-Qaeda front, to try to negotiate peace between Kurds and jihadists and to plea for the release of activists kidnapped by the group.
Dall'Oglio 'asked the activists to announce his disappearance should he not return within three days -- but those three days are not up yet,' Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.