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​46 Indian nurses 'abducted' by ISIS in Saddam’s hometown

Published time: July 03, 2014 14:56
ISIS fighters celebrating in Tikrit last month (AFP Photo)

ISIS fighters celebrating in Tikrit last month (AFP Photo)

Forty-six Indian nurses working in Iraq have been forcibly removed from their hospital in the ISIS-occupied city of Tikrit, according to India's Foreign Ministry. Militants previously said the medical staff must leave the country.

"In zones of conflict there is no free will, Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in Delhi. “This is a situation where lives are at stake. They did not go of their own free will, but they are unharmed. Our mission advised them to proceed where they are proceeding.”

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The Indian staff were reportedly forced to board two buses, which then drove off to an undisclosed location. Akbaruddin said that five of the nurses received minor injuries from cut glass, though he denied they had been caught in an explosion.

The nurses had been stranded in the basement of Tikrit Teaching Hospital for nearly a fortnight after radical Islamists ISIS plowed through the country, and captured the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein. The fighters, who aim to establish a Sunni caliphate that stretches from Baghdad to the Mediterranean, had been pressuring the foreigners to leave.

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"We were politely resisting the militants' moves,” Sona Joseph, one of the nurses, told The Hindustan Times on Thursday. “But now the tone of the bearded boys is different. We have no other option but to obey them."

The nurses are among about 10,000 Indian citizens working in Iraq, and they were receiving salaries of $750-$1,000 a month. The Indian government is now helping to evacuate other expatriates near danger zones throughout the country.

Comments (22)


dragmex 07.07.2014 00:36

Will this get the same International outcry as the kidnapping and then killing of the three Israeli youths? I doubt that very much, it will go the way of the two hundred school girls who the world has forgotten about. If only the wet had stayed at home all those years ago, the world would be in a better shape, and millions would not have been killed or displaced as a result. To read of the US government and Tony Blair’s claims that they are not responsible for the problems of today is just sick. History should clearly state that those who initiated the wars are criminals and as such should be tried for war crimes.


George Rizk 04.07.2014 13:56

India has a huge Muslim population, yet the Islamists raghead wants all to convert like Pakistan.

T he BRIC countries have been harassed one by one? First Russia, then, Brazil! It is about time we start dumping on India and China? Equal opportunity heh? Between the barbaric ISIS, and the immoral CIA, we should expect lots of crazy things. Picking on nurses is a low life conduct.


Norhalis Piperdy 04.07.2014 11:58

If US were to start sanction on Israel there will be a lot less Terrorist attack to worry about.
US troops who killed those terrorist family members will still try to attack US tho :(((
Suicide Bombing and Revenge is without a doubt is NOT Islamic.
Everyon e who believe if those are heretics!
I hope All my Muslim brothers and sisters knows that. :(((

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