Italian doctor held hostage in Libya is freed after 5 months

Italian officials say an Italian doctor kidnapped in Libya in January has been freed.

An official at the Foreign Ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that Ignazio Scaravilli had been freed and was in good condition in Tripoli, awaiting his return to Italy. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to provide details, said Libyan authorities in Tripoli had helped with the release.

Scaravilli had been kidnapped Jan. 6.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella issued a statement thanking all the authorities who made Scaravilli's release possible, in another indication that the case had attracted high-level attention in Tripoli.