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‘Missing Punjabis in Iraq’s Badush prison, not Mosul

New Delhi, July 16 : Thirty-nine Indians who went missing after Islamic State captured Mosul in 2014 are currently believed to be held in a prison in the Iraqi town of Badush, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is said to have told their families on Sunday.
“The Minister said according to latest reports from Iraq, these people are not in Mosul but in a prison in Badush, where a battle is on between the Iraqi forces and ISIS (sic)”, Delhi Gurdwara Sikh Management Committee president Manjit Singh GK said quoting Swaraj after he accompanied the families to meet her on Sunday. Manjit Singh said that Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari had told Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd) VK Singh — who visited the country soon after Iraqi forces recaptured the city — that the missing Indians were being held captive at a prison in Badush, a town 16 km northwest of Mosul.The Indians, who were until now believed to be in the city, were not found during sweeping search operations Iraqi forces conducted after its recapture.
“Gen Singh returned from the outskirts of Baruah since the battle is still going on,” he said, adding Swaraj promised to keep the families informed.
Swaraj has said she would meet the families after al-Jaafari’s visit to India on July 24.

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