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Italian woman freed 18 months after being kidnapped in Kenya: PM

May 10, 2020

ROME: A young Italian woman who was kidnapped in late 2018 from an orphanage in Kenya, has been freed, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday.

Silvia Romano was 23 and working as a volunteer in the orphanage in Chakama village in southeast Kenya when she was seized by gunmen in November 2018.

"Silvia Romano has been freed!" Conte said in a tweet.

"I’d like to thank the women and men of the external intelligence services. Silvia, we look forward to seeing you in Italy!" he added.

Chakama is about 60-km inland from the coastal town of Malindi, which is popular with Italian tourists and expatriates.

During the attack on November 20, 2018, the armed assailants shot and injured five people in the orphanage, including three children.

No details were released about Romano’s release, or about the identity or motivation of her captors. "The state abandons no one," Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio tweeted.