Police free kidnapped duo in Venezuela
Spanish police special forces have freed two Spanish nationals who were kidnapped in Venezuela on 3 March.20 March 2008
MADRID - Spanish police special forces have freed two Spanish nationals who were kidnapped in Venezuela on 3 March, the Spanish Interior Ministry disclosed Wednesday.
The operations, which were carried out in collaboration with Venezuelan security forces, took place within days of each other, although the ministry did not give exact data and locations. It identified the hostages as Maximino Manuel Brito Martín, 79, and Jesús Ovidio Domínguez Ventín, 68, and said they are businessmen with companies in Venezuela and joint Spanish-Venezuelan citizenship.
Brito was kidnapped as he left his home at 6.30am on 3 March while Domínguez was taken hostage exactly 12 hours later on a highway near Caracas. Both were freed unharmed and without their families paying any ransom money, the Interior Ministry said.
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