Sushma Swaraj says missing Indian hostages were last located in an Iraqi prison
“Sources there told V K Singh that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where the fighting is still going on,” Sushma Swaraj said.india Updated: Jul 16, 2017 15:28 IST
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said authorities have been informed that the 39 Indians, who went missing in Mosul in June 2014, were last located in a prison in Badush in Iraq where fighting was still on.
Swaraj along with minister of state for external affairs M J Akbar and V K Singh met the families of the missing Indians construction workers who were abducted by the Islamic State.
The Union minister said that fighting was still going on in West Mosul and further developments would be reported so as soon as the area was cleared.
“I 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,” Swaraj told reporters.
“Sources there told V K Singh that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where the fighting is still going on,” she added.
The minister assured, “Once fighting stops in Badush and the area is cleared, we can probably find out about the whereabouts of the missing nationals.”
Swaraj added that the Iraqi foreign minister would be visiting India on July 24 and will provide further information.
First Published: Jul 16, 2017 15:00 IST