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In pictures: Cantoni's ordeal
Cantoni with Afghan children
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Clementina Cantoni had been helping Afghan widows and children for three years when gunmen snatched her in Kabul.
Clementina Cantoni sits between two men holding assault rifles pointed at her head in this frame taken from a video broadcast by an Afghanistan television station.
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Footage aired on Afghan television showed gunmen pointing rifles at the aid worker's head.
Clementina Cantoni's picture for the release of her at the CARE International office in Kabul.
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The kidnapping infuriated many Afghans and posters demanding her release were put up across Kabul.
Afghan war widows display portraits of Clementina Cantoni during a demonstration at a Care International food distribution centre in Kabul.
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The widows she had helped spearheaded public pressure to free Ms Cantoni.
Girls from the Qala-E-Zaman Khan primary school show stickers asking for Cantoni's release.
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Schoolgirls distributed stickers in support of the campaign, as Afghan authorities negotiated with the abductors.
Italians holding candles at a vigil to demand Cantoni's release.
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In Rome, people poured out to express their sentiments.
Former Italian hostages Giuliana Sgrena (L) and Simona Torretta take part at a candlelit vigil for Clementina Cantoni.
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Giuliana Sgrena and Simona Torretta - former Italian hostages in Iraq - added their voice to the chorus of condemnation.
Cantoni's family - Davide (brother), Germana (mother) and Fabio (father) - greet photographers.
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Thursday's announcement of Ms Cantoni's release in Kabul delighted her family in Milan.
Italian Ambassador to Afghanistan Ettore Francesco Sequi (R) and Clementina Cantoni (C) sit in the back of a vehicle en route to the international airport in Kabul.
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A relieved Cantoni was driven from the Italian embassy in Kabul to board an government plane for Rome.
Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni arrives at Ciampino military airport.
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Overwhelmed but delighted, Ms Cantoni arrived in Rome on Friday afternoon thanking all who had worked to free her.
Cantoni and PM Berlusconi
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Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was among the first to greet her at Rome's Ciampino airport.
Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni is greeted by Chief of Italian Intelligence Nicolo' Pollari
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Officials could not contain their relief at the end of the aid worker's ordeal.



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