40 Indian Workers Kidnapped in Iraq; Indian Government to Deport its Citizens

The Indian government on Wednesday confirmed the kidnapping of 40 Indian construction workers from Mosul, a city situated in northern Iraq.

However, according to Syed Akbaruddin, official spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, the country hasn’t received any ransom demand, BBC News reported.

“Forty Indian workers of the Tariq Noor Al Huda company in Mosul have been kidnapped,” Akbaruddin, said dueing a press conference held in Delhi on Wednesday, according to BBC. “We have not received any calls of any nature asking for ransom… and it is not known where they are being held,” he explained.

The Tribune reported that most of the hostages were from Punjab. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 Indians are employed in Iraq and 100 of them are placed in the areas that came under the control of the Islamist militants recently. The Indian government has been in constant contact with most of these citizens since last week.   Apart from that, the country has already started efforts to deport its citizens. A senior envoy is already in Baghdad for this purpose, The Tribune reported.

It was last week that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized Mosul and took 49 people as hostages, including the country’s consul general and staff. The militants again marked their victory by seizing another major city, Tikrit, which was the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the same week.  ISIL, a jihadist group, has been rebelling against government rule in Syrian and Iraq since last April.

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