A Spanish aid worker kidnapped late last year in Mauritania by suspected Islamic terrorists has been freed, but two colleagues remain in captivity, Spain's deputy prime minister said.
Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said Alicia Gamez was released Wednesday and was on a plane to Barcelona.
She said she had spoken to Gamez, and she is "safe and sound."
Gamez and two male colleagues from an aid group called Barcelona Accion Solidaria were kidnapped by gunmen Nov. 29 while delivering relief material to poor villages in Mauritania. Al-Qaida's North African offshoot claimed responsibility.