The “Farnesina ” has confirmed that Danilo Calonego and Bruno Cacace, the two Italian technicians kidnapped between 7 and 8 of last 19 September in Ghat, Libya, were released in the night. Released the Italian-Canadian Frank Boccia too, who was kidnapped on the same occasion.The three engineers worked in the enterprise Con.I.Cos to restore the airport of the Libyan citizen. Cacace Bruno is 56 years old and is a native of Borgo San Dalmazzo, in the province of Cuneo. are 15 years he lived in the North African country. Danilo Calonego, 66, the province of Belluno. Their rapture had taken place in southern Libya on the border with Algeria, in an area controlled by Tuareg: the morning of September 19, some armed and masked strangers had blocked them and they had vanished into the desert.
Relatives and friends relief
“Finally a good day,” said Daniela Calonego, Danilo’s sister, warned of liberation from our Foreign Office. “I know my brother is free and happy, I have not heard him but we are all waiting for his return. I’m really happy – he added – From September 19 we had no more news. I do not even know when he can go home, but we are waiting for him. ” In fact, the family may re-embrace their loved ones already in the day. Calonego and Cacace, in fact, have already returned to Italy in the early hours of this morning on a special flight, and they will be immediately heard by the investigators of the Prosecutor of Rome who have opened an investigation for kidnapping with the purpose of terrorism.
The “Farnesina” said that the story was successfully completed thanks to the effective cooperation of the Libyan authorities. According to local sources, the technicians would be released by the Presidential Council security forces of Libya after an intelligence operation in which, however, was decisive the speed and professionalism of Italian agents. The head of the Ghat city council said that “they are in good health.”
The terrorism investigation
The interrogation of Cacace and Calonego should take place this morning in a military barracks of the ROS Carabinieri in the presence of the prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco substitute, investigation holder. However, it seems increasingly likely to kidnap the two Italians was a gang of common criminals and not Islamist militants. In recent weeks there was talk of a ransom of four million Euros for the Italians that they would be held in Algeria and this was also the orientation of the local authorities who spoke of an organization already known. But the terrorist track can not be ruled out, at least until the magistrate will not get precise directions by two technicians.The area between Ghat and Taharat, two oases in the Fezzan, is in fact known to be manned by the men of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The company for which they work was founded in Mondovi in 1977 and it is particularly active in Libya, it has another branch in Tripoli and where it has carried out several infrastructure works in Tobruk, Derna and Benghazi.