What has come as a shock in India, Iraq has officially confirmed the death of 39 Indian workers, who had been missing since 2014.
The workers, who mostly belonged to northern India, were working with a construction company in Mosul, when terrorists captured the Iraqi city and abducted them.
After Mosul was liberated from the control of ISIS terrorist outfit in July 2017, the Iraqi authorities recently found the buried bodies of the Indian workers.
Sushma Swaraj, minister for foreign affairs revealed in parliament that the bodies were found buried in a mound near Badush in Mosul area.
Relatives of the deceased workers had received phone calls from the abducted workers nearly five days after Mosul was seized by the militants in 2015, urging for help to save them.
Swaraj told parliament that the search operation conducted by the Iraqi forces took them to Badmush, when information from residents who had survived the city siege disclosed that the Islamic Group had buried many bodies there.
To locate the mass burial site Iraqi authorities used radar sensing services to locate the mound and the buried bodies were exhumed.
Swaraj said that Indian authorities then sent DNA samples of relatives of the missing workers. While the DNA test confirmed 38 of the bodies to be those of the Indian workers, the test is yet to be confirmed on the last remaining body, she said.
At the time the city was captured by the terrorist organisation, as many as 10,000 Indian workers were believed to working in Iraq.
Source: Daily News