Two Italian hostages released in Libya

March 6, 2016 06:36


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Two Italian civilians held hostage in Libya since last July were freed on Friday, just 48 hours after two fellow captives were allegedly executed by Islamic State militants in the north African state. Gino Pollicardo and Filippo Calcagno arrived by helicopter at Tripoli airport early on Sunday morning looking exhausted, ahead of their journey home.

The four were employees of Italian construction company Bonatti and were seized last year near the western Libyan city of Sabratha, near a compound owned by the energy group Eni.

"We are free and physically OK, but psychologically we are devastated," said a handwritten note written by Pollicardo and published online by the Sabratha Media Center.

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