Thursday, 5th March 2015

200 more Indians flown home from Iraq

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A group of 200 more Indian nationals returned home from war-torn Iraq Sunday, a day after 146 Indians, including 46 nurses, were flown back to this country by a special flight, sources with the Indian External Affairs Ministry said.

"Some 146 Indians returned home Saturday, including 46 nurses who were freed by their captors after abducting them from the Iraqi city of Tikrit. This morning, another 200 Indians were brought back from Najaf by a special flight. In the next two days, another 400 Indian nationals are expected to return home," the sources said.

However, 39 Indian construction workers, kidnapped in the city of Mosul, are yet to be freed by suspected the Sunni militant group ISIS.

"Efforts are on to secure their release as well, after we successfully managed to get the 46 nurses freed from the clutches of the militants," the sources said.

An estimated 10,000 Indians are working in Iraq. Since the civil war began, many have returned home. NEW DELHI, July 6 (Xinhua)



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