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|Kidnapped tourists freed in Niger
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Two Italian tourists kidnapped in the Sahara desert in Niger last August by an armed group have been freed after Libyan mediation.
The men were part of a group of more than 20 tourists ambushed and robbed by the group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the Sahara.
The two are in the Libyan capital Tripoli awaiting their return home.
They were seized in an area near the Chadian border which is notorious for bandit activity.