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Kidnapped Italian Freed in Southern Philippines

An Italian aid worker kidnapped in the southern Philippines has been released unharmed.

Officials say Andrea Cianferoni was released early Wednesday after negotiations with the kidnappers. Philippine military officials say no ransom was paid for Mr. Cianferoni's release.

Mr. Cianferoni and two local colleagues were seized Tuesday by masked gunmen in Lanao del Norte province on the main southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

The Filipinos were later freed and asked to raise about $5,300 for the Italian's release.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.