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05 April 2018, 12:52 | Bernice Figueroa
Bodies of 38 Indian killed in Iraq's Mosul brought back to India
Masih had claimed that all the kidnapped Indians were killed. Thirty-nine of the 40 Indians were killed by the group, while one escaped.
Iraqi authorities had confirmed through DNA testing that 38 of the 39 bodies, which were exhumed from a mass grave near Mosul previous year, belonged to the kidnapped Indian workers who were allegedly shot dead by IS operatives, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament last month.
The EAM VK Singh left on Sunday in an Indian Air Force transport plane to bring the mortal remains of the Indian killed in Mosul.
The mortal remains of four people from Himachal killed by the Islamic State terror group in Iraqs Mosul were consigned to flames in their native villages today. The coffins were handed over to families according to slip and number pasted on coffins.
Singh said that chemicals were used for matching DNA and opening of coffins could harm them.
The 39 Indian workers who were killed after being kidnapped in 2014 by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq's Mosul were shot dead, majority in the head, forensic tests have confirmed.
Forty workers were initially abducted. "The government of India did its best to know about the missing Indians", General Singh told reporters.
The minister said had the government any information about these people being in danger, it would have rescued them, as in the case of over 45 Indian nurses rescued in 2014.
"This was my fourth trip to Iraq [since the workers disappeared]". We do not want anybody to go overseas illegally. Most fled the country during the ensuing violence. Iraqi forces backed by a USA -led coalition eventually drove the militants from all the territory under their control in a grueling three-year campaign.
Upon being asked if he will make any announcement about compensation to the kin of the deceased, he said, "This work is not like distributing biscuits". He said the central and state governments will help them jointly. "Unless we are assured of the compensation that Bihar Government will give us, we will not take his body home".
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