46 Indian nurses who were taken away "against their will" by militants in Iraq have been taken to an airport in the city of Mosul, reportedly ahead of putting them on a flight to India.
The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Kerala made the announcement on Friday, a day after the nurses - most of them from the state - were taken from away from the hospital they were employed at in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
Minister Oommen Chandy said the nurses were safe and unharmed and had been taken in several buses organized by the insurgents.
“They are safe and have been kept in two rooms which has only one door,” a source close to the nurses told IANS.
The nurses were provided food and water by their escorts.
The mother of one of the nurses revealed to reporters that her daughter had made contact and revealed that everything was fine.
"She just called and said they reached Mosul late on Thursday. She was able to sleep around 2 a.m. She said they are put in a building and there are armed people guarding them from outside. They gave them food and water and are behaving with them in a decent manner and till now things are fine", she said.
According to reports, the nurses had been trapped inside the Tikrit hospital for several days as fighting raged in and around them.
The city is one of several that have been taken over by militants from the sunni Iraqi State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) over the past few weeks.
On Thursday the Indian Foreign Ministry revealed that the nurses had been "taken against their will" but refused to confirm if they had been kidnapped.
The nurses are the latest Indian workers to have been taken by ISIS militants after some 40 construction workers were abducted from Mosul: all but one of the workers remain in captivity and have reportedly been used to fortify militant positions in the city.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS