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39 Indians taken as prisoners in Iraq by IS are alive: MEA

india Updated: Sep 29, 2015 14:49 IST

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday confirmed that the 39 Indians who have been taken as prisoners in Iraq, are still alive and said that the government will take necessary steps to secure their release after gathering more information.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his meeting, on Tuesday, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the condition of the Indians taken as prisoners in Iraq and Libya.

The Prime Minister had asked the Palestinian President to share with him any information he had regarding the captives.

Abbas had responded that information regarding this matter is constantly being transferred between India and Palestine and any new details will be passed on to India immediately, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media.

According to Abbas, all captive Indians taken as prisoners are alive so far.

In Iraq, a group of 39 Indian construction workers have been held captive by the Islamic State in Mosul for more than a year, despite attempts by the Indian Government to secure their release.

Earlier, four Indians had been detained near the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, an area under the control of Islamic State militants.