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Iraqi External Minister To Bring Information Of Abducted Indian In Iraq: Sushma Swaraj

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| July 16 , 2017 , 18:35 IST

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a statement on Sunday indicated that her Iraqi counterpart might bring some information about the 39 indians, abducted by the ISIS.

She said that the Indians, who were abducted by the terrorist organisation ISIS might be somewhere lodged in the jails of Budush, northwest Mosul.

Adressing the media Swaraj said, "have already met them (the families of missing Indians) several times, but this time the situation was different as Iraqi Prime Minister recently announced that Mosul has been liberated from the ISIS. The very same day I asked V K Singh to go to Erbil and personally oversee where the missing Indians are and how can they be rescued."

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She also adressed the families of the abducted men, sharing with them the gathered by the Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh. She told them that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where the fighting is still going on.

She said, "East Mosul has been completely freed from ISIS and now buildings are being sanitised and authorities are not allowing civilians to go there as there may be bombs and other explosives." The minister assured that once the fighting stops in Badush and the area is cleared, we can probably find out about the whereabouts of the missing nationals."

She proptiously mentioned that the Iraqi foreign minister was scheduled to visit India on July 24 assesing that he might provide further information.

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