Not sure if Indians abducted in Mosul are alive: Iraqi foreign minister

Not sure if Indians abducted in Mosul are alive: Iraqi foreign minister

Not sure if Indians abducted in Mosul are alive: Iraqi foreign minister

"We don't know whether they are dead or alive". "We have announced financial incentives too for any information on the missing Indians", said Al Jafari.He appealed to the Indian people to have patience as he expressed hope that his government would be able to trace the Indians.

After Swaraj's statement which suggested that missing Indians may be alive in prison in Iraq, India Today travelled to Mosul.

Al-Jaafari who is on a five-day visit to India, starting Monday, however, said that his government is trying their best to trace the 39 Indians who were earlier believed to be trapped in Mosul's Badush jail.

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After his return, Ms Swaraj had reportedly told the families of the abducted Indians that they could be in Badush jail.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who is on a five day visit to India, arrived in New Delhi today.

However, a report in Hindustan Times said that the jail in Badush was in ruins and there was no sign of the Indians. He said the Peshmerga were still clearing the ISIS held areas. "The Prime Minister also went to Middle East and what is the net result?", he said.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim al-Jaafari before a meeting in New Delhi on Monday. Our robust bilateral trade amounted to almost US$ 13 billion in 2016-17.

He is also to meet Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and later call on Vice President Hamid Ansari. Iraq contributes significantly to India's energy security and is the second-largest supplier of crude oil to us (over 37 MMT during 2016-17).

A man from Punjab, Harjit Masih, who escaped from the clutches of IS terrorist organisation in June 2014 had claimed that all 39 Indian nationals who were taken hostage on June 11, 2014 in Mosul town had been killed.

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