2 Italian aid workers freed in Syria; authorities say they will return home soon

Italian officials say two Italian aid workers have been freed in Syria and will return home soon.

The premier's office announced the release of 21-year-old Greta Ramelli, and 20-year-old Vanessa Marzullo, on Twitter. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the news, but was unable to immediately provide details of their release.

The women, from the northern Lombardy region, disappeared in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo in late July or early August. It wasn't clear at the time who had taken them.

The two aid workers appeared in a video released earlier this month asking the Italian government to help bring them home, with Ramelli saying they could be killed.