New Delhi: India is in touch with the
government of Democratic Republic of Congo to secure the safe
release of an Indian pilot who was kidnapped by Congolese
According to an official release, Syed Mazher, an
Indian national working as a pilot with a private airlines in
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was taken hostage on July
24 this year by rebels at Kitambe, about 25km north of
Walikale in North Kivu province of the African country.
"Our Mission in Kinshasa is in continuous contact with
the concerned DRC authorities to secure the safe release of
Syed Mazher. The DRC authorities have assured us that they are
taking necessary steps for this purpose," it said.
"We will pursue with our efforts for the safe return
of Mazher," it added.
According to reports, Congolese rebels took Mazher
hostage when they attacked an aircraft at a remote airstrip in
a tin mining area of Walikale.