Meanwhile, the 46 nurses stranded in Tikrit have reportedly said that they are safe and confined to a dormitory within the hospital.
The Indian government had on Tuesday said that it was in touch with the 46 Indian nurses, mostly from Kerala, stranded in a hospital in Tikrit. "Out of the 46 nurses, many wanted to stay back. But even if there is one, we are willing to help them to the best of our capabilities," Akbaruddin had said.
Both Tikrit and Mosul are under the control of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levante (ISIL/ISIS).
India has already issued a travel advisory, asking its nationals to avoid travelling to Iraq, and those already there to leave by any commercial means available.
Experts say that it is now a real test for the Narendra Modi government to secure the release of the abducted Indian nationals as the whole country would be looking to see how the new regime deals with the problem on a foreign territory at a time when Iraq is tattering.
Satrajit Moitra - Our Correspondent