Two Italians and Canadian freed in Libya

By John Lee.

Two Italians and a Canadian who were kidnapped in southern Libya in September have been released.

Technicians Bruno Cacace and Danilo Calonego, and Canadian national Frank Poccia, were freed Friday and flown to Italy over the weekend.

They had been abducted on the road linking Tahala and Ghat, while working for the Italian construction company CON.I.COS (Contratti lnternazionali Costruzioni S.p.A).

The Prime Minister of Libya, Fayez Al-Serraj, had a telephone conversation with the Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni (pictured), to express the satisfaction of the government of Tripoli over the release.

Minister Gentiloni expressed his gratitude to the Libyan authorities for their collaboration on achieving a positive outcome with the hostage release.

(Sources: Italian Foreign Ministry, ANSA)

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