2 Indians rescued from Libya’s IS stronghold: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj

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.

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.

Wefornews Bureau

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