NEW DELHI- A report claimed today that one of the 40 Indians abducted in Iraq had fled his captors and has managed to contact Indian officials.
The report said the Iraqi Red Crescent head had confirmed that the Indian managed to escape from ISIS militants' custody and was now in safe custody in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. Australia today said it has sent a small detachment of soldiers to protect its embassy in Baghdad in the face of an offensive by jihadist ISIS forces.
India has learned the location of 40 of its citizens kidnapped in Iraq by suspected Islamist militants and believes they are being held captive with workers of other nationalities, the External Affairs Ministry said yesterday.
The hostages worked for Baghdad-based construction company Tariq Noor Al Huda and were abducted in Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it fell to Sunni Muslim rebels last week.
Meanwhile, ISIS militants freed 48 foreigners held for several days. The construction workers, who were helping build a hospital in the now insurgent-held city of Tikrit, were from Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
The UK has banned five Syria-linked jihadist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, amid reports that many Britons have taken up arms in conflict in Syria.