Kidnapping of Ciro Cirillo

1981 kidnapping by the Red Brigates

On April 27 1981, in Naples, Italy, the Red Brigades kidnapped 60-year-old Christian Democrat (DC) politician Ciro Cirillo. They killed his two-man escort in the garage of his apartment building.

At the time Cirillo directed reconstruction efforts in Campania devastated by the earthquake in the Irpinia region on November 23, 1980.[1][2]

Cirillo was released after a controversial ransom paid by the Italian government.

The outcome of the Cirillo kidnapping stood in sharp contrast to the kidnapping of the Italian former Prime Minister Aldo Moro. When Moro was abducted by the Red Brigades in 1978, the Christian Democrats in government immediately took action rather waiting for a solid negotiation.

Cirillo died on 30 July 2017 at the age of 96.[3]