Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Kidnapped Carabiniere officer freed in Yemen


(ANSA) - Rome, August 3 - Alessandro Spadotto, the
Carabinieri officer kidnapped Sunday in Yemen's capital Sana'a,
has been freed and is in good health.
He is currently travelling to Sana'a from Marib, the oil
region east of the capital where he was being held captive.
The officer, a native of the north-eastern Friuli Venezia
Giulia region, was working in security staff at the Italian
embassy in Sana'a.
He was apprehended by armed men belonging to the Jalal
tribal clan while he was on a personal errand in civilian
clothes in a store.
The news of his release was given in Italy by the president
of the Italian-Yemeni association, Arhab al-Sarhi.
The officer's father Augusto Spadotto, a retired Carabinieri
official who lives in San Vito al Tagliamento, confirmed to ANSA
on the phone that his son had been released.
"It is all true, confirmation has come from the Italian
Foreign Ministry. We are extremely happy," he said.
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi also expressed "great
satisfaction", stressing that the "quick solution to the case
was made possible by the extraordinary cooperation provided by
authorities in Sana'a".
"This is once again a success that is due to the intense
work and great professional skills of officials of the foreign
ministry's crisis unit and all state structures involved", added
the foreign minister.
The Yemeni Olympic Committee in London had called for the
Carabinieri officer's release slamming the kidnapping as "an act
nobody can approve, which goes against our traditions".

photo: the Italian embassy in Sana'a

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