MHA to hold meeting with 12 state DGPs over growing ISIS threat, formulate a counter strategy

Protesters show ISIS flags in Srinagar.

New Delhi, Aug 1: The Ministry of Home Affairs will be holding a meeting with 12 State DGPs on Saturday to formulate a strategy to counter the growing threat from terror outfit ISIS.

The meeting is expected to formalise a strategy for aiding the government’s efforts to neutralise extremist ideologies.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of ISIS kidnapping four Indian teachers in Libya.

Earlier on Friday, two out of four Indian teachers kidnapped in Libya allegedly by the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) while returning to India from Tripoli on July 29 were released on Friday.

MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the two Indians have been brought back safely to University of Sirte and efforts were continuing for the remaining two. However, it was not immediately known how they were freed.

Swaraj on Friday morning briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the incident as also the steps being taken by the ministry to secure their release.

The MEA Spokesperson said: “Two days ago, on July 29th at around 11 pm, our Mission in Tripoli came to know that four Indian nationals who were returning to India via Tripoli and Tunis, were detained at a checkpoint approximately 50 kms from Sirte. Of the four Indian nationals, two are from Hyderabad, one from Raichur and one from Bengaluru. Three of them were faculty members at the Sirte University and one was working at the Sirte University branch in Jufra.”

The ministry was in regular touch with the families concerned and all efforts are being made to ensure the well-being and early release of the Indian nationals, he said.

The MEA, through its Head of Mission in Tripoli, is ascertaining the details regarding the incident. Official sources said no ransom demand has been made as yet.

They also said the area from where the Indians were kidnapped is under the control of the Islamic State, which has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria and has declared itself a caliphate.

(With Agency Inputs)

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