All kidnapped Indians are safe: Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi, Jun 19: The Indian government on Thursday said that all the 40 kidnapped Indians in Mosul town of strife-torn Iraq are "safe" and there locations have been identified by Iraqi authorities.

[Read: Punjab CM meets Sushma Swaraj]

"They are all safe and are lodged in two locations- a cotton mill and a government building," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the family members of some of the kidnapped Indians from Punjab who met her in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his close aide said.

"We are making all-out efforts to ensure that all Indians return safely. We are leaving no stone unturned and whosoever is to be contacted, we have activated all of them. We guarantee to bring them back the moment there is normalcy there," she later told reporters.

Swaraj said India was making every effort to ensure return of those trapped

Assuring the family members of the kidnapped, she said, "I have asked them to be patient, pray to God and allow us to make our efforts. I am confident that all three things will help us achieve success."

Swaraj advised all those stranded in Iraq not to venture out of their homes. Badal along with 24 family members of 13 kidnapped persons today met Swaraj who advised them to have faith in Government's efforts.

The minister today chaired two meetings of the crisis management group and explored various options to deal with the "difficult" situation. The government said the Iraqi authorities have identified the location of the kidnapped Indians but no demand for ransom has been received. It was also not clear whether Sunni militant outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), which captured Mosul, Tikrit and some other parts of Iraq, was behind the kidnapping.

"We have been informed by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry that they have been able to determine the location of where these abducted Indian nationals are being held captive with workers of a few other nationalities," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

The government said there are in all 120 Indians in the violence-hit areas including those kidnapped, hailing from Punjab, Kerala and other parts.


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