Turkish intelligence agency rescues abducted Italian aid worker in Somalia

Turkey’s intelligence service rescued a kidnapped Italian aid volunteer in Somalia held captive for 18 months, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

Silvia Constanzo Romano, a 25-year-old Italian citizen working for aid organisation Milelel Onlus, had been abducted in Chakama, Kenya, in November 2018, the agency said.

It was Turkey’s National Intelligence Service (MİT) that determined Romano was alive, Anadolu said, before coordinating with Italian and Somalian intelligence services to save Romano from her captors between Friday and Saturday

MİT delivered Romano to the Italian authorities in the Somalian capital Mogadishu.

In Rome, Romano was welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his family, and thanked those who contributed to her rescue.