New Delhi: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said the 39 missing Indians are most probably in jail in a village where the Iraqi forces are still fighting the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.
The Indian nationals were kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq in 2014.
“The day Iraq PM declared Mosul is liberated from ISIS, I asked V.K. Singh to go to Erbil," ANI cited Swaraj as saying. “Sources there told V.K. Singh ji that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where fighting is still going on," she said. Badush is located northwest of Mosul.
Singh had travelled to Erbil in Iraq on Monday to locate the 39 Indians.
Earlier this week, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said that authorities have assured it of all cooperation in locating the 39 Indian nationals.