Two of the four Indians abducted in Sirte in Libya have been released, officials said on Friday.

Of the two men released, one belongs to Raichur and the other to Bengaluru, the officials said.

The process for the release of the other two men is on, said sources.

The four, including three working as lecturers, were "detained" in Sirte in Libya, an area where the Islamic State militants hold sway.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian mission in Tripoli came to know at 11 p.m. on July 29 that "the four Indian nationals returning to India via Tripoli and Tunis were detained at a checkpoint, 50 km from Sirte".