Italian hostage freed after 3 years in Syria returns home

MILAN — Italy's defense minister says an Italian who had been held hostage in Syria for three years has been released and returned to Italy.

Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta late Wednesday confirmed Alessandro Sandrini's arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport and thanked Italian intelligence services for their role in his liberation. Details were not disclosed.

Sandrini, who is in his early 30s, disappeared after traveling to Turkey in October 2016, and wasn't heard from for over a year. In July 2018, a dramatic video showed Sandrini wearing an orange jumpsuit flanked by masked men brandishing automatic weapons, appealing to Italy to help free him as quickly as possible.

A local government in Syria affiliated with the al-Qaida-linked militant group Hayat Tahir-al Sham said he had been kidnapped by a criminal gang.

People also read these

Opposition calls for nationwide protests of...

May 12, 2019

Albania's center-right opposition parties kept demonstrations calling for the resignation of the...

AP Interview: Pashinian warns Armenia not to...

May 2, 2018

The opposition leader spearheading weeks of protest in Armenia warned the government Wednesday not...

Armenian capital calm after protests end _ but at...

May 3, 2018

After weeks of raucous protests, the streets of the Armenian capital suddenly calmed Thursday after...

Pashinian: 'No vendetta' if he becomes Armenian...

May 7, 2018

The Armenian opposition who is nearly certain to become the country's prime minister says he will...

In hometown of Armenia's new leader, people hope...

May 13, 2018

In the hometown of the newly-named Armenian prime minister, people see him as a man who was able to...

Sign up now!

About Us

24-7 Reporters publishes up-to-the-minute news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our certified reporters are among the most experienced, well-trained and talented across the globe, covering issues resonating progressives in every corner of the world.

Contact us: sales[at]24-7reporters.com