Two Indian teachers, abducted in Libya, have been rescued: Sushma Swaraj

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Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that two Indian teachers T Gopalakrishna and C Balaramkishan, who were abducted in Libya last year, have been rescued.

Both the teachers, along with two other colleagues, were kidnapped in July 2015 by a group in Libya which owes its allegiance to Islamic State. Gopalakrishna hails from Andhra Pradesh while Balaramkishan is from Telangana.

The other two, Laxmikant Ramakrishna (37) of Raichur and Mulbagil Vijay Kumar (56) of Bengaluru, were rescued just days after the kidnapping.

All of them worked for University of Sirte in northern Libya and were on their way back to India when they were kidnapped at a checkpoint about 50 km from Sirte. They were en-route to the Tripoli airport in a car.

The teachers were among hundreds of Indians who were evacuated from Libya in August 2014 when tension rose there among militants. However, they had gone back to the university after it was re-opened in September, 2014.

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