Two Indian teachers, abducted in Libya last year, rescued: Sushma Swaraj
The Minister of External Affairs on Thursday said two Indian nationals, who were kidnapped by a terror group in Libya on July 29 last year, have been rescued.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the two teachers – T Gopalakrishna and C Balaramkishan – have finally been rescued.
The duo, along with two others, were abducted last year by a group in Libya which owes allegiance to the Islamic State.
The other two, Laxmikant Ramakrishna and Mulbagil Vijay Kumar, who hail from Raichur and Bengaluru, respectively, were rescued few days after the kidnapping.
While Gopalkrishna hails from Andhra Pradash, Balaramkishan is from Telangana.
According to media report, there are 2,000 Indians at present in conflict-hit Libya, who chose to stay back despite many advisories urging them to leave the country.
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
The abduction of the four Indians came a year after 39 Indians were kidnapped from the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Since most of the Indian Mission staff to Libya is now based out of Tunis, it is proving to be difficult task for officials to track the developments inside the trouble-torn country.
The ministry was in regular touch with the families concerned and all efforts were being made to ensure the well-being and early release of the Indian nationals, the government had said in July.