Kidnapped Italians and Canadian Freed in Libya
Italian Foreign Ministry declares a Canadian citizen and two Italians were freed overnight and brought safely to Italy early Saturday morning.
The ministry says the release of the three men was due to “the efficient collaboration of local Libyan authorities,” but it didn’t provide further details. The men were brought to Italy on a special flight.
The Italians, Danilo Calonego and Bruno Cacace, and Canadian Frank Poccia had been kidnapped in southern Libya in September. These three were working for an Italian company, Conicos, which is doing work at an airport in Libya.
Earlier in July 2015, four Italians working for a construction company were kidnapped near an oil field operated by Italian giant ENI in the region of Mellitah, west of Tripoli. Two of them got killed six months into their ordeal, likely in clashes between jihadists and local militiamen.
The other two were freed in March this year, in a raid on Islamic State group hideouts near the capital.
Italian media reports say that the men would be speaking with prosecutors before being reunited with their families.