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40 Indians in northern Iraq 'uncontactable'

Published on Jun 18, 2014 2:42 PM
 
Members of the Kurdish security forces take cover during clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jalawla in Diyala province on June 17, 2014. Forty Indian employees stranded in violence-hit Iraq are "uncontactable", the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, with a newspaper reporting the construction workers have been kidnapped. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Forty Indian employees stranded in violence-hit Iraq are "uncontactable", the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, with a newspaper reporting the construction workers have been kidnapped.

A ministry spokesman said he could not confirm the report in the Times of India that insurgents have abducted the 40 workers in the northern city of Mosul amid a deteriorating security situation.

"Despite our best efforts at this stage, we haven't been able to contact them. So they remain uncontactable at this stage," said spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters. "Beyond that I am not able to confirm or verify reports of a speculative nature (kidnapping)," he added.

"At this stage we have no reports whatsoever, no confirmation, no verification of any Indian national being involved in any violent accident or injury."

 
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