Sushma Swaraj meets relatives of 39 ISIS captives in Iraq


By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday assured the relatives of the Indians who are being held captive by the Islamic State in Iraq that the government was working towards locating them.

368001-sushma-3As manay as 39 Indians were kidnapped by the IS in June last year and are being held in captivity since then.

Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet: “EAM meets with families of 39 Indians held captive in Iraq. Assures them that our efforts continue to locate them.”

Sushma Swaraj had met the relatives many times since June last year. She had assured them that the government was doing its utmost to locate the men, who hail mostly from Punjab and were employed as laborers in Mosul.

Besides the 39 men kidnapped in Iraq, three other Indians are being held in captivity by Islamic State militants in Sirte in Libya.

While two men were kidnapped in July, another man was kidnapped earlier this week.

(With inputs from IANS)