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Kidnapped Italian aid worker freed, Terzi confirms

Rossella Urru liberated after nine months captive in Algeria

Kidnapped Italian aid worker freed, Terzi confirms

(ANSA) - Rome, July 18 - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi confirmed on Wednesday that kidnapped Italian aid worker Rossella Urru has been freed in Algeria. "She has been liberated. It's wonderful news," said Terzi. Urru, who comes from Sardinia, and her Spanish colleagues, Ainhoa Fernandez Rincon and Enrico Gonyans, were abducted on October 23 from the Rabuni refugee camp in southwestern Algeria by the terrorist group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa. They were taken by armed men who arrived in a jeep, possibly from northern Mali. The EFE news agency reported Wednesday that both Spanish captives have also been freed. Urru, 29, works for the Rome-based International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP) and spent the past two years working in the Saharawi refugee camp before she was kidnapped.

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