Wednesday 26 July 2017

Two Italians and Canadian who were kidnapped and held hostage in Libya have been freed

The three men were taken hostage in Libya
The three men were taken hostage in Libya

Two Italians and a Canadian citizen who were kidnapped and held hostage in Libya have been freed and returned safely to Italy.

Italy's Foreign Ministry said the three men were "liberated" in southern Libya during the night and brought early on Saturday on a special flight to Italy.

A statement said their release was due to "the efficient collaboration of local Libyan authorities" but did not provide details.

They were kidnapped on September 19 in Ghat by a group of armed men who blocked their vehicle.

It identified the Italians as Danilo Calonego and Bruno Cacace and the Canadian citizen of Italian origin, Frank Poccia.

ANSA news agency said they are all technicians with an Italian company, Conicos, which is doing construction work at an airport in Libya.

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