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39 Indians kidnapped by IS in Mosul dead: SUSHMA

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses during a programme organised to launch integration of e-Sanad with CBSE's academic repository in New Delhi on May 24, 2017. ‘e-Sanad’ project is an initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs for online attestation of documents. (Photo: IANS) by .
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (Photo: IANS)

Thirty-nine Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq’s Mosul in 2014 are dead, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday….reports Asian Lite News

Rajya Sabha (File Photo: IANS/Screen grab RSTV)

The minister told the Rajya Sabha that their bodies were spotted using deep penetration radar. The bodies were exhumed from mass graves and their identities confirmed by DNA tests, she said.

“The bodies were sent to Baghdad for DNA testing. The DNA of 38 Indians have been matched,” she said.

All of them were construction workers, mostly from Punjab, and were employed by an Iraqi company in Mosul.

They were taken hostage by Islamic State militants when they took control of the second largest city in Iraq in 2014. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were held hostage.

Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh visited Iraq, days after Mosul was liberated by Iraqi forces from the rule of Islamic State.