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The Badush prison in Iraq, which was the last known location of the 39 Indians who went missing is now in ruins.
The Badush prison near the Iraqi capitol Mosul which was the last known location of the 39 Indians who were kidnapped by the Islamic State 3 years back is a abandoned and desolate structure which seems to be unoccupied for weeks, as per a report in the Hindustan Times.
The roofless building is surrounded by landmines and the structure has turned into a rubble.
Even though the fighting in the Badush area ended a few months back, the sleeper cells of the ISIS are active, said the Brig Abdul Amin Al Kazraji of the Golden Division.
Kazaraji said, “ I have no information about the abducted Indians but there is nothing at the prison anymore.”
Only July 16 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the reporters after a meeting the family members of the kidnapped, “An official who quoted intelligence sources told Gen Singh that they (the Indians) were deployed for a hospital construction and then in a farm. From there, they were sent to a jail in Badush. There has been no information since then.”
On 11th March this year, the Al-Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces announced that they had found the remains of 500 prisoners executed by the ISIS in the prison.
There have been reports that the ISIS may have decided to use the kidnapped Indians as leverage.
Quick Fact: The ISIS on June 10, 2017 attacked the prisoners in the prison. After separating the Sunni prisoners, they killed 670 Shias, asper an article dated Oct 20, 2017 in the Human Rights Watch.