Nurses freed after being stranded in Iraq

The nurses were trapped by fighting and were bused out of the city by ISIS forces.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   July 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , India, July 4 (UPI) -- Forty-six nurses, Indian nationals working in a Tikrit, Iraq, hospital and trapped there during militant invasion, are safe and will return to India, Indian authorities said Friday.

Earlier in the week they left Tikrit in buses and were taken to an undisclosed location by Sunni militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria who overtook the city. Only minor injuries to the nurses were reported.

The nurses were handed over to Indian officials in Erbil, a city in Iraqi's Kurdish region, and will be flown home to Kochi, India, Saturday, Oommen Chandy, chief minister of India's Kerala state, said Friday.

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