Family members pray for the safety of their relatives missing in Iraq at a Sikh temple in New Delhi, India, Thursday. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian official says the Iraqi government has determined the location where 40 Indian construction workers abducted near Mosul have been held captive with workers of a few other nationalities.

Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry, declined to say more on the location or possible future action. He spoke to reporters on Thursday.

Over the past week, militants have overrun Mosul and seized wide swathes of territory as they storm toward the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

It was not immediately clear when the Indian workers were abducted. They work for a Turkish company.

About 10,000 Indians work and live in Iraq, but only about 100 are in violent, insecure areas, Akbaruddin said.

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