Odisha man abducted by IS returns home

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Biochemical engineer Prabhas Samal, who was abducted by the Islamic State militant group in Libya last month, reached Odisha on Friday.

Samal, who hails from Odisha’s Kendrapada district, reached New Delhi on Wednesday after he was released by the militant group recently.

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“Till date I am ignorant how I managed to wriggle out from the harrowing experience. I could only feel that some unseen power was and is behind me for which I am here in my motherland safe and sound,” he said.

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Samal said that he was not tortured during captivity.

“I really don’t know about who kidnapped me and why they released only me. I can tell you that I was not tortured in anyway,” he said.

“I have forgotten the pain of captivity after seeing my relatives and the warm reception I got here,” Samal added.

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He was given a warm welcome by his relatives at his cousin’s home in Bhubaneswar.

Samal was working in a hospital in Libya as a biochemical engineer since 2002. 

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