BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said Tuesday.
The latest assault began before dawn on Monday, when the militants swept through the villages nestled along the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. The area is predominantly inhabited by Assyrians, an indigenous Christian people who trace their roots back to the ancient Mesopotamians.
During the raids, the militants took between 70 and 100 Assyrians captive, said Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action, which focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East. He said some 3,000 people managed to flee the onslaught and have sought refuge in the cities of Hassakeh and Qamishli.
The kidnapping took place in a town in Syria near the Turkish border.
The city is controlled by Kurdish forces