40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq's Mosul town

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014 17:08 hrs

Forty Indian workers who were untraceable in Mosul town of strife-torn Iraq have been kidnapped the Indian government has confirmed.

The Ministry of External affairs has said that there were no ransom demands so far. Most of those kidnapped are from Punjab.

The Red Crescent, which carries out charitable work on the ground, has told the government that the Indians have indeed been kidnapped but could not locate them.

Earlier, the government has decided to send former Ambassador to Iraq Suresh Reddy to take stock of the situation.

"There are 40 Indians in Mosul who we have not been able to contact," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told media persons in the morning. Asked about reports that they were abducted, he said, "We cannot confirm it. However, they are uncontactable."

The Spokesperson said Reddy is being sent to Baghdad to strengthen the Indian Mission there which is trying to help the Indians in violence-affected areas.

He said there were no reports of any Indian being targeted or involved in any violent incident in Iraq.

"The violence there is not targeted at Indian nationals. We are just caught in the cross-fire. At this stage we have no reports, no confirmation of any Indian national being involved in any violent accident," the Spokesperson said.

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