New Delhi: 40 Indians working for a Turkish construction company have been abducted in violence-hit Iraq’s Mosul area which has been taken over by Sunni militants.

External affairs ministry of India spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the workers mostly belonged to the country’s northern states such as Punjab and worked for the Tariq Noor al Huda construction company.

He said no ransom call had been received and the Iraq Red Crescent had “indicated to us that they were kidnapped. The spokesperson said that while Indians number around 10,000 in Iraq, most of them are in Kurdistan and other safer areas.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has also made phone calls to the relatives of a number of people stranded in Iraq.