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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 March 2005, 11:50 GMT
In pictures: Italy's joy and dismay

Poster of Giuliana Sgrena at Milano Centrale railway station

Italy has closely followed the fate of Giuliana Sgrena since her capture a month ago.

Ms Sgrena was shown on al-Jazeera television with her captors before being released.

Ms Sgrena was shown on al-Jazeera television with her captors before being released.

Journalists at Il Manifesto

Journalists at her newspaper, Il Manifesto, burst into cheers as the news that she was set free came through.

Cartoonist Vauro at Il Manifesto

Cartoonist Vauro was quick on the draw when he heard the news.

Journalists at Il Manifesto

Ms Sgrena's colleagues at the left-wing daily toasted her freedom....

The Colosseum in Rome

... and the Colosseum in Rome was lit up to mark the occasion.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Then came the news that US troops had shot at Ms Sgrena's car, killing an Italian special agent. "Someone must take the responsibility," said Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Sgrena getting off the plane

Ms Sgrena arrived in Rome a few hours after the shooting.

Sgrena getting off the plane

She appeared to be in some pain and struggled to get to a waiting military ambulance.

Sgrena in an ambulance

The reporter was whisked to hospital where she may have another operation on her injured shoulder.






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