It also asked the Indians, residing in Iraq, to leave the country by commercial means if it was safe to do so.

"Our nationals living in areas affected by the ongoing armed conflict are advised to stay indoors as far as possible and are advised to remain in contact with Indian embassy in Baghdad for necessary advice and updated information on the evolving security situation," it said on Sunday.

“Those nationals who do not have travel documents or need other consular services are advised to seek assistance from the Indian Embassy in Baghdad,” it added.

The Indian Embassy in Baghdad has set up a 24 hour helpline. Any Indian national can access these helpline numbers for information or assistance. The numbers are - +964 770 444 4899+964 770 444 4899 (Mobile) and +964 770 484 3247+964 770 484 3247 (Mobile).

There were reports of massacre of 1700 Iraqi Shia air force recruits in Tikrit by Islamic terrorists. The militant outfit posted photos that show its fighters shooting Iraqi soldiers. Captions say the killings were to avenge the death of an Islamic state commander.


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