40 Indian construction workers that were stranded in Iraq after the conflicts broke are now “uncontactable”. It is believed that they were kidnapped by ISIS militants.
The kidnapping seems to have happened when ISIS militants captured the largest Iraq city, Mosul, on June 10.
Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin declared:
“Despite our best efforts at this stage we haven’t been able to contact them. So they remain uncontactable at this stage.”
When asked about whether or not they were kidnapped, no definitive answers were offered since there was no wish to speculate.
Because of growing concerns over the safety of the Indians in Iraq, India considered the possibility of offering ground-level support to the Iraqi authorities in order to assist citizens. There are currently around 100 Indians working in Iraq and the government is doing all that it can to get them out.
46 nurses are also stranded in the city of Tikrit, one that was also seized by insurgents. Akbaruddin added that she was herself “monitoring and reviewing” what happens and that at the moment the nurses cannot be moved.
At the moment, the entire world is watching the conflicts in Iraq. USA is currently considering options that are available to help Iraqians while neighbor Iran vows to help in order to protect Shiite sites located in Iraq and conquered by ISIS militants.