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Kalyani: THERE are two men from Bengal among the 39 Indian hostages, whom external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today confirmed to have been killed by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at Mosul in Iraq.

The two are Khokon Sikdar and Samar Tikadar, both hailing from Nadia district. Sikdar was a resident of Chitka under Tehatta police station jurisdiction; Tikadar was a resident of Mahakhola under Chapra police station area.

Leaving behind, wife, children and parents back home, the two men had gone to Iraq in 2011 in search of a better livelihood. Sikdar, a mason, joined a construction firm at Mosul; Tikadar joined as a carpenter.

Everything was fine and the two were sending money to their families every month until June 2014 when they were abducted by ISIS militants along with 37 other Indians.

For the past four years, their families were living on the assurance of the Indian government it was doing everything possible to secure their release. After the announcement by Sushma Swaraj, the families have been shattered for good.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reacted on Twitter as soon as she came across the sad news. “Deeply saddened and shocked with the very sad news from #Mosul. Words are not enough to console the 39 grieving families. Our thoughts and prayers with them,” the tweet reads.

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