46 Kerala nurses in Tikrit asked to board bus to Mosul

46 Kerala nurses in Tikrit asked to board bus to MosulNew Delhi:  The 46 Indian nurses stranded in Iraq’s Tikrit town that has been overrun by ISIS militants have been told to board a bus by unknown men and proceed to Mosul. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy confirmed that the development. The Indian embassy in Baghdad has advised the nurses to “try and hold on till (Thursday) morning”.

The nurses are frightened with the sound of explosions going off around the hospital. The Iraqi army is locked in a fierce battle with the ISIS militants to retake the city. “Bombs are exploding around the hospital all the time,” one of them said.

On Tuesday, the nurses had refused to board the buses after being told by the Indian embassy officials to stay put. They remained in the hospital in Tikrit.

Chandy arrived in New Delhi late Wednesday night to discuss how to help the nurses.


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