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Italian aid worker abducted in Kenya in 2018 comes back home

An Italian aid worker, who was kidnapped in Kenya in November 2018, has been flown back to her home country.

Silvia Romano, 25, hugged her parents and sister, and was welcomed by Italy’s prime minister and foreign minister after she alight in Rome.

She was liberated from a suspicion Islamist group al-Shabab near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, reports say.

Italy’s confidential service is said to have been helped by Turkey and Somalia to have her release.

No group has asserted responsibility for the kidnapping18 months ago.

“In January 2019, the Somalia-based al-ShababH said it was behind the attack on a hotel and office complex in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, in which 21 people died.”

After landing in Rome’s Ciampino airport on Sunday, Ms Romano said he was feeling well, both “physically and mentally”.

She was seen escorted by masked men from the Italian confidential service.

Meanwhile, Ms Romano’s father Enzo said he was “bursting with joy”.

Ms Romano, who works for the Italian charity Africa Milele Onlus, was taken by gunmen from a small rural hotel in Kilifi Country, south-eastern Kenya, in 2018.

She is known to have been later taken to Somalia.

“Kenyan police at the time offered a $10,000 (£8,060) reward to help find Ms Romano.”

Source___BBC News

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