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November 23, 1987
Ethiopian rebels said they captured two Italians and three Ethiopians working for a geological company. In a statement, the rebels, who have been fighting Ethiopia's Marxist government since the early 1970s, said their units abducted the five Nov. 16 in western Gojam province. A spokesman in Sudan for the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Army said the Italians, whom he identified as Salvatore Baroni and Paulo Bellini, were helping to build a road that the Ethiopian army planned to use.
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August 12, 1988
Two Italian geologists held hostage by Ethiopian rebels for nine months have been released, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released in Rome. Salvatore Barone, 27, and Paolo Bellini, 36, arrived in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, the statement said. It gave no details on the pair's release but said it came after a "long and complex action" by the Italian government. The two men were abducted last Nov.
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