Bodies of Indians killed by IS in Iraq’s Mosul brought back to India
Thirty eight bodies of the 39 Indians who were kidnapped and killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq in 2014 were brought back to India on Monday (April 2).
The bodies were recovered from a mound in Badush, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was freed from the Islamic State last July. DNA tests had confirmed the bodies to be those of the construction workers who went missing from Mosul, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said earlier this year.
DNA testing provided matches for 38 of the missing men while one was a 70 percent match, as his parents were both dead and the DNA sample of next of kin was provided.
Most of the workers were from the northern state of Punjab, where most of India’s Sikhs live.
The government had maintained for years that it believed the men were alive and it was trying to secure their release. Opposition leaders and families of the men said the government had kept them in the dark.