15/05/2015 9:32 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Islamic State Terrorists Killed 39 Indian Hostages, Claims Survivor

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Members of the Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units celebrate with a flag of the Islamic State (IS) group after retaking the village of Albu Ajil, near the city of Tikrit, from the jihadist group, on March 9, 2015. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, police and the increasingly influential paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units, which are dominated by Shiite militias, have been involved in a week-old operation to recapture Tikrit, one of the jihadists' main hubs since they overran large parts of Iraq nine months ago. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

An Indian who escaped from a prison where terrorists of the Islamic State were holding hostages has claimed that the rest 39 nationals have been killed.

Harjit Masih, 25, told the media in Mohali town adjoining Chandigarh and claimed that the hostages were mostly from Punjab and are now dead.

"The ISIS came and kidnapped us and took us to another place. We were 40 Indians and about 50 Bangladeshis. They assured us that our passports would come and we will be allowed to leave for India," Masih said. "They (ISIS) handed us over to another group who took us to another place. Later, they put us in a room and started firing. Everyone around me fell. I kept lying there and later escaped," he said.

In New Delhi, Sushma Swaraj disputed Masih's claims and said her sources had not indicated that the Indian nationals were dead. "We are not sparing any efforts to find them. We are hopeful that we will be able to find them and bring them back home. I have eight different sources who are saying they are alive," Sushma Swaraj told the media after families of the hostages met her in New Delhi on Thursday.

The Indian nationals were taken hostage by the ISIS on June 11 last year in northern Iraq's Mosul town.

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