More than 90 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, have been kidnapped by the Islamic State (Isis) militants from several villages in northeast Syria, according to reports that emerged on Tuesday.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoting reliable sources said the Assyrian Christians were abducted from Tal Shamiram town in the countryside of the predominantly-Kurdish city of al-Hasaka. Others were reportedly taken from the village of Tal Hermez.
Initial reports claimed that 56 Assyrian Christians were abducted. However, it has now emerged that more than 90 have been abducted by the militant outfit from the villages occupied by the ancient Christian minority.
The SOHR report also claimed that at least two Assyrians have been executed by the group for the crime of "dealing with the Kurds" in the village of Ghibsh located near the town of Tal Tamer.
The new development comes after the militants have recently beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya.
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