A group of 11 Indian nurses have been rescued from the conflict-hit Kirkuk area of Iraq and will be arriving home in the next three to five days, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.
The nurses were brought to Erbil and were in the safe custody of Indian mission staff, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
They will return to Kerala in the next three to five days as their travel documents have expired and the mission was processing their new papers, he added.
Apart from the 40 Indians who are being held hostage by Islamic militant group ISIS since June last year, it is believed that there are some more small groups of Indian nationals in different strife-torn cities of Iraq.
These 40 Indians were working at construction projects near the Iraqi city of Mosul when they were abducted by Islamic militants.