Islamic State ‘releases Assyrian Christian hostages’

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waving flag22 February 2016, From the section Middle East

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Assyrian Christians, who have fled the unrest in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Jdeideh, north-east of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on 8 March 2015 Image copyright AFP | Image caption The abductions prompted thousands of Assyrians to flee their homes in north-eastern Syria

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.Picture1

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. Christian Persecution

‘Ransom paid’

The Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 captives, mostly…

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