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PM announces ex-gratia to the kin of those killed in Iraq

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New Delhi, Apr 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of the kin of 39 Indians who were killed in Iraq, official sources said.

The mortal remains of 38 of the 39 Indians killed in war-torn Iraq were brought back to the country yesterday in a special aircraft and handed over to their relatives.

Thirty-nine of the 40 Indian labourers were killed by terror group ISIS, while one of them managed to escape posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

Out of the 39 killed, 27 hailed from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.

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