BENGALURU: One of the four Indians detained in ISIS-controlled territory in Libya, Vijay Kumar, on Tuesday said that although he was not harmed during his detention, the last statement made by ISIS before releasing him was a request to ‘follow Islam’.
“The IS people who took us just asked us if we were Muslims or non-Muslims. Since we were non-Muslims they detained us in camps and they did not do anything. They did not harm me; they did not even touch me or any of the four people,” Kumar said.
“They told us since we taught their students they released us but asked us to follow Islam. This was their last statement. I am not going back, this is my final exit. The other two are still under detention,” he added.
Kumar further thanked the government for its efforts for his release.
“I would like to thank everyone who is involved in our release; the government and the students,” he said.
Two of the four Indians detained in ISIS-controlled territory in Libya have been released, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
The two men were reportedly detained at a checkpoint about 50 km outside Sirte town on Wednesday while on their way back to India.
They had been working at the Sirte University and have been in Libya for over a year, add reports.