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India says it knows location of abducted workers in Iraq

Published on Jun 20, 2014 12:02 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India said Thursday it knows the location of its 40 workers abducted in violence-torn Iraq, as several of their families said they spoke with the captured men who were scared but "safe".

Armed militants abducted the workers on Monday from a stadium where they were working in the northern city of Mosul but no demands for ransom have been made, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society told AFP.

The Indian citizens were being held together with other abducted foreigners and "every avenue will be pursued" to secure their release, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

"We have been informed by the Iraqi foreign ministry that they have tracked down the location where the Indian nationals are held," Mr Akbaruddin said at a briefing in New Delhi.

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