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Four Italian journalists freed in Libya – paper

Four journalists who were kidnapped near Zawiya on Wednesday have been released, says a Milan newspaper, where two of the reporters worked.

FOUR JOURNALISTS KIDNAPPED in Libya have been freed, according to an Italian newspaper.

Milan daily Corriere della Sera reports that the four Italian journalists have been released after being abducted near Zawiya.

The Italian foreign ministry said the group were kidnapped on Wednesday as they travelled down a highway to Tripoli.

The kidnapped included two reporters from Corriere della Sera, one from Turin’s La Stampa and one from Avvenire, the daily of the Italian Catholic bishops Conference.

One of the abducted, Domenico Quirico, who writes for La Stampa, has told Italian media, ”Now I’m fine, until an hour ago I thought I was dead.”

The Milan newspaper reports the four were freed during a Thursday raid on the house in Tripoli where they were being held.

The journalists’ local driver was killed during the attack on Wednesday.

-Additional reporting by the AP

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