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Abducted Italian aid worker freed in Darfur

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An Italian aid worker kidnapped in the Sudanese region of Darfur has been released. Francesco Azzarà helped run a paediatric centre for the organisation Emergency, which aids the victims of war.

The 34-year-old was on his way to the airport with colleagues in August when he was abducted by a group of armed men.

The circumstances of his release are not known.

Azzarà‘s cousin Francesco Legato told euronews:

“We’ve already had confirmation that his health is good. They told us that he’s fine. The fact that they hit Emergency, as an organisation, surprised everyone – not least Emergency itself – I think, because never has it suffered this kind of action before. My theory is that the kidnapping was carried out for a ransom, for economic reasons.”

The freed hostage is due back in Italy on Saturday.