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Two Indians captive in Libya since July 2015 rescued, tweets Sushma Swaraj

Two Indian teachers abducted in Libya's Sirte, a stronghold of Islamic State (ISIS), in July have been freed, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Thursday. past year in July, four Indian men who were on their way back to India were detained at a checkpoint about around 45 km from Sirte, hometown of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

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.

The news brought cheers to the families on Ganesh Nimajjanam, which culminates the 11-day festival.

As per a BBC report: "A British couple whose surrogate daughter was born in India now face the prospect of leaving her in a Mumbai orphanage, because of United Kingdom government delays in processing her passport".

Kalyani said her husband spoke to her over phone on Wednesday night and informed her that he was released safely.

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The Indian Embassy in Tripoli and some sources in the University of Sirte persistently pursued talks with the kidnappers, some of whom are said to be former students of the university led astray by extremist views. On the day of the abduction, the four were planning on travelling to the airport to reach India.

The family members of the two teachers said they were yet to receive an official word as to when they will be returning home.

They applied for their daughter Lily's passport in early June, days after her birth in May.

Of them, two hailing from Karnataka were released later while the two Professors continued to be held hostage. "Thanks very much madam.#Respect", he tweeted.

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