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Kidnapped Carabiniere officer freed in Yemen

Alessandro Spadotto in good health

Kidnapped Carabiniere officer freed in Yemen

(ANSA) - Rome, August 3 - Alessandro Spadotto, the Carabinieri officer kidnapped Sunday in Yemen's capital Sana'a, has been freed and is in good health. He is currently travelling to Sana'a from Marib, the oil region east of the capital where he was being held captive. The officer, a native of the north-eastern Friuli Venezia Giulia region, was working in security staff at the Italian embassy in Sana'a. He was apprehended by armed men belonging to the Jalal tribal clan while he was on a personal errand in civilian clothes in a store. The news of his release was given in Italy by the president of the Italian-Yemeni association, Arhab al-Sarhi. The officer's father Augusto Spadotto, a retired Carabinieri official who lives in San Vito al Tagliamento, confirmed to ANSA on the phone that his son had been released. "It is all true, confirmation has come from the Italian Foreign Ministry. We are extremely happy," he said. Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi also expressed "great satisfaction", stressing that the "quick solution to the case was made possible by the extraordinary cooperation provided by authorities in Sana'a". "This is once again a success that is due to the intense work and great professional skills of officials of the foreign ministry's crisis unit and all state structures involved", added the foreign minister. The Yemeni Olympic Committee in London had called for the Carabinieri officer's release slamming the kidnapping as "an act nobody can approve, which goes against our traditions". photo: the Italian embassy in Sana'a

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