November 13, 2014 / 8:09 AM / in 3 years

Italian engineer abducted in Libya in July freed: Italy ministry

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian construction engineer abducted in Libya last July has been freed, Italy’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Marco Vallisa was kidnapped on July 5 along with two other workers from Macedonia and Bosnia in the town of Zuwara. The two others were freed several days later.

A foreign ministry statement said Vallisa was on his way back to Italy but gave no details of how he was freed.

Libya has seen a rise in kidnappings of diplomats, foreigners and Libyans, with a fractious government and parliament unable to control militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Vallisa worked for the northern Italian construction company Piacentini Costruzioni.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by Ralph Boulton

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