Algeria, Italian Maria Sandra Mariani released

Kidnapped on February 2 2011

17 April, 18:06

(ANSAmed) - ROMA, APRIL 17 - Maria Sandra Mariani, the Italian woman who was kidnapped on February 2 2011 by armed men in the southern desert of Algeria, has been released. The news was confirmed by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi after an earlier report by Al Arabiya television ''Maria Sandra Mariani is free. I have just informed her relatives of the news. I join her family in their great relief over this wonderful news,'' said Terzi. The Sardinian aid-worker Rossella Urru was kidnapped in Algeria as well but has not been freed yet.

''I sincerely thank all those who have contributed to the positive result of this affair with much dedication, perseverance and professionalism,'' added the Italian FM.

Maria Sandra Mariani, 54 years old, born in San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence), was the Italian hostage who was in the hands of her kidnappers for the longest period of time. (ANSAmed).


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