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Jihadists in northern Iraq have released two nuns and three children kidnapped last month in an area now controlled by the newly created Islamic State.
Chaldean Sisters Utoor Joseph and Miskintah, members of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Immaculate Mary, were kidnapped last month en route to the orphanage in Mosul that they ran before the area fell to the al Qa'eda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
They have been held in a house in Mosul since 28 June along with three Assyrian orphans in their care.
The Chaldean Patriarch, Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, told AsiaNews that he was relieved that there was finally “good news”, adding that the five had been treated well in captivity.
No money was exchanged for their release, the Patriarch said, but the kidnappers kept the nuns’ pick-up truck.