MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said efforts were being made to evacuate those stranded in Iraq.

"Safety and security of Indian nationals in Iraq remain to be a concern for the government of India... information flow has improved," he said.

"We have received 120 requests in Baghdad and 300 at our control room in New Delhi for assistance of various types," he said.

Some of the request may, however, be duplication, he said.

"Seventeen Indians have been removed from the conflict zone. We are working to ensure that rest of the Indian nationals in conflict zones are moved out of there," he said.

Akbaruddin further said that 46 Indian nurses in Iraq were also safe.

When asked about the death of an Indian, he said, "I've asked the embassy to check. Our embassy does not have any information yet. It happened in southern Iraq, which is out of conflict zone, so we will follow normal procedure."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed a high-level meeting earlier on Thursday on the safety of the Indians in captivity.

US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Monday to push for stability. Amid his arrival, Sunni militants overran a strategic Shiite-majority town of Tal Afar and an airport, tightening their grip on north Iraq.

Kerry "will discuss US actions underway to assist Iraq as it confronts this threat from ISIL and urge Iraqi leaders to move forward as quickly as possible with its government formation process to forge a government," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said ahead of the meetings.

US President Obama has offered to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq but has so far not backed air strikes as requested by Baghdad.

Iraq is witnessing serious strife with Sunni militants, backed by al Qaeda, capturing two key cities and marching towards Baghdad.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced in the fighting that broke out on June 10.

No person from Haryana among abducted Indians: Chief Secretary
The Haryana government said that no person from the state is among the 40 Indians who have been held captive in Mosul city.
Chief Secretary S C Choudhary said the state government has so far got information about 177 persons from the state stranded in strife-torn nation.
"No person hailing from Haryana is among the 40 Indian hostages in Iraq," he told reporters here.
Six Haryana residents have contacted the control room set up by the state government here, the Chief Secretary said.     

"The state government is in constant touch with the External Affairs ministry for safe return of the people hailing from Haryana," he said.
Majority of those stuck in Iraq hail from Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Ambala districts.
The state government has set up a control room with telephone number 0172-5059197 where people can provide information regarding members of their family or relatives stranded in Iraq so that necessary steps can be taken for their safe evacuation.


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