Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

39 abducted Indians could be in Badush jail: Sushma

39 abducted Indians could be in Badush jail: Sushma

She said that the Indians, who were abducted by the terrorist organisation ISIS might be somewhere lodged in the jails of Budush, northwest Mosul. "I have already met them 9 or 10 times, but this time the situation was different as the Iraqi prime minister declared that Mosul has been liberated from the ISIS". Sources in Iraq had told VK Singh, the junior foreign minister, that the missing Indians are most likely to have been kept in a jail in Badush, Ms Swaraj said.

For its part, the US-led coalition said in a statement that Iraqi forces were in "firm control" of Mosul, but some areas still needed to be cleared of explosive devices and possible ISIS terrorists in hiding.

Iraqi counterterrorism units reported on July 15 that they had detained 20 female Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, including three Turkish citizens, captured in a secret tunnel discovered under the Old City neighborhood of Quleiat in Mosul. "In the meeting last month, the minister told us that the men were in a church and once Mosul was freed from IS militants, they would be rescued and brought back".

They were briefed that the missing Indians were now detained in a prison in Badush.

"We called all family members of those who were abducted in Iraq", Ms Swaraj said. The Indians - construction workers who are mostly from Punjab - had been abducted in 2014.

He predicted that the events which led to the failure of terrorists who are backed by the United States and the reactionary regimes in the region will also happen in Syria, Yemen and other countries which have come under attack.

Mousavi also described the liberation of Mosul as an official termination of Daesh in Iraq, warning, however, that the terrorist group's evil ideologies still prevail in Iraq and the region.

Talking to HT, Gurpinder Kaur, one of the family members said, "I met the Union minister today but I am disheartened".

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