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Two Italian hostages freed in Libya: local official

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The men were released from an Isis group hideout in a city close to the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP
11:43 CET+01:00
Two Italians kidnapped last July in Libya were freed on Friday in a raid by security forces on the Isis jihadist group hideouts in a city near the capital, an official said.

"Two Italian hostages were released... in Sabratha after an operation targeting several houses after information reached security forces that Daesh elements were there," the city's mayor Hussein al-Dawadi said, using an Arabic acronym for Isis.

The release of Gino Pollicardo and Filippo Calcagno, who work for the Parma-based contractor, Bonatti, was also confirmed by Pollicardo's family, Ansa reported.

More details to follow.

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