Forty Indian construction workers kidnapped by extremists in Iraq

By Annie Gowen, June 18, 2014

NEW DELHI — Forty Indian construction workers have been kidnapped in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by insurgents last week, the Indian government said Wednesday.

Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry, said at a news briefing that the workers, who hail largely from the state of Punjab, were abducted. He said the government was still investigating the circumstances of their capture, which was confirmed through various sources, including humanitarian groups such as the International Red Crescent. Authorities had not yet received any ransom calls from the captors, he said.

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