'Finally Silvia Romano is free', this the announcement made by Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte who thanked members of the foreign service.Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio also celebrated her release by tweeting, “The government never leaves you behind". She is in Mogadishu safe and sound and will soon be expected in Ciampino, one of Rome's Airports.
Reports by Tgcom24 reveals that the rescue operation took place just 30 km from Mogadishu and was affected by extreme weather conditions. The operation of the AISE (External Intelligence and Security Agency), led by General Luciano Carta, was bolstered by Turkish and Somali support.
The volunteer aid worker was kidnapped during the latter part of 2018.
The abductionNow 25-years-old, Silvia Costanza Romano was working for the Italian humanitarian group Africa Milele, teaching young children. According to the Associated Press, she was abducted by armed men who raided the Chakama trading center in Malindi.
The violent attack resulted in the deaths of three children and five people sustaining serious injuries. The abductors were armed with guns, clubs, and machetes and went about terrorizing town residents who quickly shut down their shops and hid. Going by local witness accounts, the assailants were about twenty and were specifically looking for her.