Two of the four Indians taken as hostages by Isis were released by the radical group, government officials confirmed on Friday evening.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the two Indian hostages were safely brought back to the University of Sirte on Friday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a Twitter post that Lakshmikant and Vijay Kumar, two of the four Indians abducted by the Isis, have been released and government was working to ensure the release of the other two as well.

According to reports, the four teachers were abducted by the Isis while they were returning to India from Tripoli and Tunis. All of them were abducted from a check-point on 29 July, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said earlier in the day.

Two of the kidnapped Indians are reportedly from Telangana and the other belong to Karnataka.