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39 Indian hostages held by ISIS found dead

Relatives of Indian workers who were taken hostage in Iraq pose with photographs of their loved ones (Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

THE bodies of 39 Indian construction workers kidnapped in Iraq in 2014 by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave, India’s foreign minister said Tuesday (20). Sushma Swaraj told the upper house of parliament the workers had been murdered by IS. Their bodies had been found in the grave in the village of Badush northwest of the city of Mosul and taken to a local organisation for DNA testing. “Yesterday they told us that 38 samples had matched. The 39th had a partial match as he didn’t have any immediate family,” said Swaraj. The 39 were…

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