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Militants free Italian aid worker

July 12, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Islamic militants in the southern Philippines freed an ailing Italian Red Cross worker after six months of captivity.

Eugenio Vagni, 63, had difficulty walking because of a hernia, but otherwise appeared to be in good health as his Abu Sayyaf captors handed him over to a provincial vice governor on Jolo Island.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said no ransom had been paid.

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