Home beckons: Freed Indian nurses reach Kochi

iraq-nursesIn a dramatic reversal of fortunes, 46 Indian nurses who were stranded in strife-torn Iraq only a day ago have returned to their home in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

A special Air India flight carried back the nurses from Erbil, along with 137 other Indians evacuated from Iraq by the Indian government. The flight reached Kochi via Mumbai in the afternoon July 5.

The nurses were handed over by the Sunni militant group, ISIS, to Indian officials at the Erbil checkpoint on July 4.  The release of Indian nurses has come as a big relief to the Indian government which has been working on multiple tracks virtually 24×7 to secure the release of around 100 Indians stranded in the conflict-zone in Iraq. Thirty-nine Indians are still in captivity of the ISIS.

The special Air India flight carrying evacuated Indian nationals has cost the Indian government around 200,000 USD.

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