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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Workers Return From Baghdad

ReutersA worker waving from the window of a bus going to Baghdad's airport on Thursday.
Nearly 100 workers from Interenergoservis returned home Thursday from Iraq, evacuated a day after two of their colleagues were killed in an ambush.

An Emergency Situations Ministry plane flew to Baghdad and returned to Moscow with 90 employees of Interenergoservis aboard -- 85 Russians, four Ukrainians and one Belarussian -- as well as the bodies of the two dead men, Itar-Tass reported.

The contingent was the first to return after the company decided to evacuate all its workers from Iraq following Wednesday's ambush in southwestern Baghdad, which also wounded eight Interenergoservis employees.

Several hundred employees had already returned home following previous attacks, but more than 240 had stayed behind despite Foreign Ministry warnings that the unstable security situation endangered their lives.

One or two more flights to bring the remaining workers out were expected Friday.

"Neither my friends nor I will come back before firm power is established here," electricity engineer Anatoly Sharpov told NTV television before boarding the flight in Baghdad.

Interenergoservis executive director Alexander Rybinsky said that two of the wounded company's workers would have to stay in an Iraqi hospital because of their condition.