Islamic State ‘releases Assyrian Christian hostages’

by BBC  |  published on February 23, 2016

Islamic State (IS) militants have released the last of more than 200 Assyrian Christians they kidnapped in north-eastern Syria a year ago.

Some 42 captives were freed on Monday morning, following mediation by the Assyrian Church, activists said.

One Assyrian group said IS had demanded an $18m (£13m) ransom.

Children, women and elderly people were among those seized when IS militants raided 12 villages along the Khabur river, near Tal Tamr, last February.

The assault prompted thousands of other Assyrians to flee their homes. Those abducted have been released in groups over the past 12 months.

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