2 Italians, 1 Canadian freed after Libya kidnapping

Two Italian hostages who were kidnapped in Southern Libya, Bruno Cacace (L) and Danilo Calonego (R) leave the carabinieri's station after being audited by the prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco in Rome, Italy, on Nov. 5, 2016. Italian authorities said the intelligence services of Libya, Italy and Canada cooperated in securing the release of the three men after nearly seven weeks of captivity. Photo by Giuseppe Lami/EPA

ROME, Nov. 5 (UPI) — Two Italian nationals and a Canadian national were freed Saturday after being taken hostage in Libya nearly two months ago.

The abductees — identified as Frank Poccia of Canada and Danilo Calonego and Bruno Cacace of Italy, were kidnapped by armed men on Sept. 19 in the southwest Libyan town of Ghat, where they were working for an Italian airport maintenance company.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed the release of the prisoners. The men were released to Italy, but Poccia is being transported to Canada.

The men were thought to be in the hands of al-Qaida linked group Islamic Maghreb, which demanded a $4.5 million ransom for their return. It is unclear if a ransom was paid.


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