Italian engineer freed in Nigeria

2012-06-02 17:48

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Rome - An Italian engineer kidnapped in central Nigeria earlier this week has been freed, Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi told the Ansa news agency Friday.

The minister expressed "great satisfaction" with the release of Modesto di Girolamo, who was abducted in Kwara state, the agency reported.

It was not clear who kidnapped the Italian.

The minister praised the co-operation of the Nigerian authorities in the release, a day after a German national who was kidnapped in January was killed by his captors during a failed raid to save him.

According to Italian media, di Girolamo was abducted on Monday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state, as he was supervising construction for a Turin-based public works company.

The kidnapping comes just two months after an Italian hostage was killed in Nigeria. Franco Lamolinara, who was also an engineer, was killed along with his British colleague Chris McManus during a failed rescue bid.

A faction of the Islamist Boko Haram sect was accused of being responsible for kidnapping the two engineers.

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