New Delhi, Sep 15: The two Indian teachers who were abducted nearly a year ago in Libya’s Sirte, an area under control of extremist Islamic State have been released, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed via her twitter handle on Thursday.
I am happy to inform that T Gopalakrishna (AP) & C BalaramKishan (Telangana) who were captive in Libya since 29 July 2015 have been rescued.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 15, 2016
Both Gopalakrishna and Balaramkishan were teachers at the University of Sirte. Four Indian men including them were detained at a checkpoint about 50km from Sirte, in July while on their way back to India. Two of them – Lakshmikanth from Raichur in Karnataka and Bengaluru resident Vijay Kumar – were freed after two days in captivity .
The families of both the men were in Hyderabad and they planned to return via Tunisia and Dubai when they were abducted.
The four Indians were abducted a year after 39 Indians were kidnapped from the Iraqi city of Mosul. Sirte was the hometown of ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
There are around 2,000 Indians currently in conflict-hit Libya, who stayed back despite many advisories urging them to leave the country.