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Quirico 'suffered mock executions' says co-captive

'Terrible torture', Belgian writer tells radio

Quirico 'suffered mock executions' says co-captive

Rome, September 9 - Italian journalist Domenico Quirico was subjected to two mock executions during his five months in captivity in Syria, his co-captive, Belgian writer Pierre Piccinin, said Monday, a day after their release. "We went through terrible torture...and twice Domenico had to go through mock executions, with a gun to his head," Piccinin told Belgian radio. It is still unclear who abducted the veteran La Stampa war correspondent and the Brussels history professor and author in April, although details of the privations and mistreatment they suffered suggest Islamists.

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