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'I was scared I'd be killed ' says Quirico

'Handled by 3 rebel groups' says freed Syria reporter

'I was scared I'd be killed ' says Quirico

(updates previous). 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 rebel groups, alternately. He confirmed that he was subjected to two mock executions after two failed escape bids.

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