Kidnappers release Italian hostages
September 29, 2004
An undated handout picture shows Italian aid worker Simona Pari, kidnapped by armed men in Baghdad.
Two Italian women aid workers freed in Iraq after being held hostage for three weeks arrived in Italy today, as an entire nation celebrated their safe release.
..The two Italians, both 29, were handed over to the Red Cross along with two Iraqis who were abducted with them in Baghdad on September 7.
The Arab television network al-Jazeera showed footage of the handover on an Iraqi road at dusk.
Both women stripped away the head coverings they were wearing - full black veils that revealed only their eyes - and smiled broadly. Both appeared to be in good health.