Mortal remains of 38 Indians killed in Iraq brought back home

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New Delhi: FILE: MoS for External Affairs V K Singh at Parliament. PTI Photo

New Delhi: FILE: MoS for External Affairs V K Singh at Parliament.
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Union Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh returned from Iraq on Monday with mortal remains of the 38 Indians killed in Mosul. Singh reached Amritsar this afternoon along with some officials. The bodies will now be handed over to the victims’ families from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The central minister will also hand over the mortal remains of the deceased from Kolkata and Patna.

Meanwhile, 39th body could not be brought back now since the DNA testing had only provided a 70% match. The others have had more than 95% match.

Of the Indian citizens killed by the terrorist organisation, 27 belonged to Punjab while four hailed from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and the remaining from Bihar.

Last month, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had informed Parliament that as many as 40 Indians were abducted by terror group ISIS from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.

(With inputs from PTI)