Indian Nurses Return from Iraq to Joyous Reunion with Families

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KOCHI- Forty-six nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, on Saturday returned home by a special Air India flight to a happy reunion with their families here, bringing to an end their month-long ordeal.

The special aircraft, which also had on board about 137 others, touched down the tarmac at the Kochi International Airport at 11.57 a.m., a senior airport official said.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose coordinated effort with the union government ensured the nurses’ freedom, besides another who hails from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, received them at the airport.

Family members of nurses, expressing sighs of relief, assembled in large numbers to see their loved ones return and were joined by political leaders from the BJP and Congress at the airport.

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