Four Indians kidnapped in Libya


New Delhi: Four Indians, including three lecturers, have been kidnapped in Sirte in Libya. The Indian government is working for their early release, the ministry of external affairs said on Friday. Iraqi_insurgents_with_guns

Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian mission in Tripoli came to know at 11 p.m. on Thursday night “that four Indian nationals who were returning to India via Tripoli and Tunis were detained at a checkpoint, 50 km from Sirte”.

In a statement, he said two of them are from Hyderabad and one from Raichur and one from Bengaluru.

Three were faculty members at the University of Sirte and one was working at the Sirte University branch at Jufra, he said.

He said the MEA through its Head of Mission in Tripoli is ascertaining the details regarding the incident.

“According to information available through our sources, all four Indians have been brought back to the city of Sirte.”

“We are in regular touch with the families concerned and all efforts are being made to ensure the well being and early release of the four Indian nationals,” he said.

No ransom demand has been made as yet, sources said.

The kidnapping comes even as the fate of 39 Indians kidnapped in June 2014 from Mosul in Iraq remains unknown. The 39 were kidnapped by the Islamic State militants. The government maintains the men, all laborers from mostly Punjab, are still alive.

The Indian government had last year issued an advisory asking its citizens to leave Libya.