Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi took to social media to express his delight at the news that Italian aid worker Silvia Romano had been released from captivity by Somali militants.
Romano, then aged 23, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from Chakama in Kilifi County on November 20, 2018.
Kilifi county police commander James Mugera confirmed that a multi-agency team working with the Italian government had managed to rescue her.
Mugera added that they were awaiting further directions on whether to fly her to Nairobi or Mombasa and then back home to Italy.
Romano’s abduction was a blow to the security image of both the county and the country.
Governor Kingi said he was relieved to hear that Romano was released.
“Received with great joy news about the release of Silvia Romano Constanza, the Italian aid worker kidnapped by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in 2018. Silvia was kidnapped while on a voluntarily mission to assist our People in Chakama and Kilifi at large,” Governor Kingi tweeted.
Romano is expected to be flown back to her native Italy to receive specialised treatment since her health had deteriorated over the period of her detention.
Source(s): Twitter (Amason Kingi)
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