Home > News > World
Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 1:45:02 PM
Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 1:46:04 PM
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government has not been able to make contact with 40 Indian construction workers in the Iraqi city of Mosul, with one leading Indian newspaper reporting that they have been kidnapped.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said dozens of Indian workers were living in areas overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). India is in contact with many of them, including 46 nurses, and has sent a senior envoy to Baghdad to support repatriation efforts.
"There are also reports which have been brought to the notice of our embassy that there are 40 Indian nationals in Mosul. Despite our best efforts at this stage, we haven't been able to contact them. So they remain uncontactable at this stage," Akbaruddin said.
Akbaruddin said the government had no "confirmation or verification" of a story in the Times of India newspaper that the construction workers were being held by suspected ISIS fighters.
(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Douglas Busvine)
Second-term Obama tells Africa's 'Big Men' to quit when time is up
Sudan summons EU diplomat over statement on humanitarian needs
French farmers' protests trigger European tensions
Ukrainian military pilot faces unfair trial in Russia - lawyers
Peace process with Kurdish militants impossible - Turkey's Erdogan
Convicted Israeli spy Pollard to be paroled on November 21
Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over "security"
Food made with love
Carrying on Belle’s legacy
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)