Italian aid worker kidnapped in Kenya in 2018 returns home


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

Silvia Romano, 25, embraced her parents and sister, and was greeted by Italy’s prime minister and foreign minister after she landed in Rome.

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

Italy’s secret service is said to have been assisted by Turkey and Somalia to secure her release.

No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction 18 months ago.

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


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