New Delhi: Around 40 Indian nationals have been kidnapped by suspected militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), according to a report of the English daily Times of India.
Although, the Ministry of External Affairs has not confirmed the report as yet. When contacted by ABP News, ministry sources said that so far there no information of any abductions, but the possibility cannot be ruled out.
Iraqi soldiers watch as armed tribesmen gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 16, 2014 in the southern city of Basra . Faced with a militant offensive sweeping south toward Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the Iraqi government would arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight, and thousands have signed up. AFP PHOTO
According the TOI report, the abducted Indians are all construction workers and they were way laid while being evacuated from the violence hit regions of Iraq.
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The Indian government has reportedly dispatched former ambassador to Iraq Suresh Reddy to take care of the situation.
ISIS militants have overrun Mosul, Iraqâ€™s second largest city, and are moving towards the capital, Bagdad. They have also taken over other large swathes of territory were fighting rages on.
Even as Iraqi security forces are fighting to repel the militants, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for civilian volunteers to take up arms against the insurgents.
The offensive had displaced thousands of people and sent jitters in the oil market.
Other than the construction workers in Mosul, there are 46 Indian nurses stranded in Tirkit.
The external affairs ministry Tuesday evening announced the setting up of a 24-hour control room to provide information to all concerned. The Indian embassy in Baghdad has also set up a 24-hour helpline.