Suspected Islamic terrorists on Friday kidnapped four Indian teachers in Libya, the ministry of external affairs said.
The Indians, who were teaching at the university, had been kidnapped from Sirte town near Tripoli. Two of them are from Hyderabad while the other two are from Andhra Pradesh. Also, two of the four Indians detained have now been released, confirmed MEA sources.
“No ransom demand has been made yet. We are trying to ascertain their whereabouts,” said foreign ministry officials.
Sources say the area from where the teachers were kidnapped is under the control of Islamic State. The organization has captured large areas of Iraq and Syria already.
“We came to know at 11 pm that four Indian nationals who were returning to India via Tripoli were detained at a checkpoint approximately 50 km from Sirte,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
“According to our sources all 4 were brought back to Sirte. We are in regular touch with their families and all efforts are being made to ensure their early release,” Swarup said.
Interestingly, the Indian government had issued an advisory last year asking its citizens to move out of Libya. Around 39 Indians continue to be missing in Iraq as we speak. They were kidnapped last year amid fighting between Sunni militants and government forces.