Rome, September 9 - Italian journalist Domenico Quirico told Rome prosecutors Monday he had feared for his life during his five-month kidnapping in Syria which ended Sunday, especially at the start. Quirico, 61, told the prosecutors, who are obliged to treat the case as a criminal one under Italian law, that he and Belgian academic Pierre Piccinin were stopped in April by armed men on two pick-up trucks. "We were blindfolded for the first few days: I was afraid I would be killed," said the veteran La Stampa war correspondent. He said he thought he and Piccinin were held captive by three groups, alternately.
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