Urru: Italian hostage freed, Islamic spokesperson said

One Italian, two Spanish aid workers freed in North Mali

18 July, 17:51

(ANSAMed) - ROME, JULY 18 - One Italian and two Spanish hostages have been freed in northern Mali, Sanda Ould Boumana, a spokesperson from Ansar al Din, a Salafi jihadist group which operates in Mali, told Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

''We were told that an Italian and two Spanish hostages have been freed today in the Gao region in northern Mali by Mujwa, an Islamic group with ties to Al Quaeda,'' Boumana said, without naming any of the hostages.

It is not know whether Italian international aid worker Rossella Urru, who was kidnapped from a refugee camp in Algeria along with two Spanish colleagues on October 23, is among those freed.

The release of one of the two kidnapped Spaniards was confirmed by Spanish news agency EFE today. (ANSAMed).

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