Syria: Belluomo kidnappers demand 530,000 ransom

Russia cooperating to secure release of all 3 hostages

20 December, 10:14

(ANSAmed) - MOSCOW, DECEMBER 20 - The kidnappers of Italian engineer Mario Belluomo and two of his Russian colleagues in Syria have demanded a 530,000 euro ransom for their freedom, according to sources quoted Thursday in Russian newspaper Kommersant.

On Tuesday Russia's foreign ministry discussed the ransom - made to Hmisho, the private steel company where the three are employed. "It's around 50 million Syrian pounds" a source told Kommersant. "Moscow is cooperating with major Western countries including Italy and the United States to secure the release of the engineers abducted by a Syrian rebel group", the newspaper added. (ANSAmed)

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