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MoS VK Singh to leave for Iraq on Sunday to bring back bodies of 39 Indians

Earlier this month, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had informed Parliament of the death of the 39 Indians who were kidnapped in Iraq.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2018 23:32 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
39 Indian killed in Iraq,VK Singh,Ministry of External Affairs
MoS for External Affairs VK Singh(PTI File Photo)

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is expected to fly to Iraq on Sunday in a C-17 plane to bring back mortal remains of the 39 Indians, killed in the war-torn country, sources said today.

Sources also said the minister is expected to bring back the bodies by late Monday or Tuesday.

“MoS Singh will most probably leave tomorrow for Iraq to bring back mortal remains of these 39 Indians. After coming back, he will first go to Amritsar followed by Patna, Kolkata to hand over bodies to their relatives,” a source said.

Families of some of these victims had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on March 26.

Earlier this month, Swaraj had told 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.

First Published: Mar 31, 2018 23:31 IST