The brother of a Punjab resident, reported to have been among the 40 Indian citizens held hostage by jihadists in Iraq, has told that his sibling and the group are safe and have been promised that they will be allowed to leave once fighting in the Mosul area dies down.
"Nishan Singh, my brother, last spoke to me for a couple of minutes today," Fatehgarh Churian resident Charanjit Singh said. "He told me his cellphone battery was running out, so he couldn't talk for long. He said he and his co-workers from India were all safe and not held hostage."
"ISIS people have told the Indians they are afraid that if they [Indians] leave, they will be killed by Iraqi or Iranian security forces and the act will be blamed on the jihadists," Mr. Charanjit Singh added. "However, they say they will release them if someone responsible from the Indian military or government comes to collect them. Else, they have been told to stay for as long as they like and promised that the ISIS will get them the wages they are owed."
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