Italian captives return home from Syria

July 29, 2012 - 4:37 PM
Italy Syria

Two Italian electrical engineers, Oriano Cantani, 64, left, and Domenico Tedeschi, 36,center, arrive at Rome's Ciampino military airport Sunday, July 29, 2012. The two engineers, who worked at the Deir Ali power plant some 18 miles (30 Kilometers) south of Damascus, told reporters in Damascus that they had been kidnapped by five or six masked men who intercepted their car as they drove to the airport. They were rescued Friday by the Syrian army after 8 days of kidnapping. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ROME (AP) — Two Italian engineers who were kidnapped and held captive for eight days in Syria have returned to Italy.

Domenico Tedeschi, 36, and Oriano Cantani, 64, told reporters at Rome's Ciampino airport on Sunday that they still don't know the identity of their captors.

The two were seized by a group of masked men who intercepted their car en route to the airport July 18.

Cantani said the Syrian army organized their release, but did not give further details.

The two had been working for subcontractors of the Italian company Ansaldo Energia, which supplies and installs power generation plants.

The men were in good condition. They were met at the airport by family members and Foreign Ministry officials.

They are expected to speak with Italian prosecutors investigating the abduction.