Kidnapped Italian Aid Worker Held in Somalia Returns Home

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Security officials told VOA Somali that Romano was recovered from a forest near the town of Afgoye, 30 kilometers west of the Somali capital Mogadishu. The terms of her release are not known. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the release in a tweet.

Romano, who was working for an Italian charity was abducted by gunmen in November 2018 in Kilifi County, Kenya. It’s not clear how the gunmen managed to transport her into Somalia. Somali security sources say they believe she was kidnapped by al-Shabab militants who previously abducted aid workers and demanded ransom

 

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