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Indians abducted by ISIS are unharmed: Govt

August 14, 2014 17:36 IST

The Indians, including 39 construction workers abducted by the Islamic State militants over two months ago in conflict-hit Mosul town of Iraq, are "unharmed", external affairs ministry said on Thursday.

"We have information from those who are in touch with the abducted Indians that they remain in custody and unharmed as of Tuesday evening despite turmoil," the external affairs ministry spokesperson said.

The Indian nationals, who were working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul, were abducted in mid-June when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS -a jihadist group, captured many towns and villages in Iraq.

On Wednesday, the spokesperson had said the government was monitoring the "evolution" in political and security situation in war-torn Iraq. "In Iraq, what is currently underway is that we need to monitor the multiple directions in which there is evolution in Iraq, in the political situation, in the security situation. At this stage, we are in a mode of monitoring it and assessing what its impact will be for us, our interest as well as Indian nationals there," the spokesperson said.

Last month, 46 Indian nurses, who were stranded in Tikrit, were set free by the ISIS.

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