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ISIS Kills Three Assyrian Christian Captives, Release Video Of Shocking Executions

( [email protected] ) Oct 08, 2015 08:27 AM EDT
Islamic State militants have killed three Assyrian Christian captives who were among nearly 200 Christians abducted earlier this year in northeastern Syria, two human rights monitoring groups said on Thursday.
Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces in Hasakeh, north-east Syria, where Isis took 253 Assyrian Christians captive in an initial offensive early this year. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants have killed three Assyrian Christian captives who were among nearly 200 Christians abducted earlier this year in northeastern Syria, two human rights monitoring groups said on Thursday.

The three men were killed late last month but the news emerged this week when a video showing their deaths was released, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The Assyrian Human Rights Network said the three men were among 187 Assyrians being held by Islamic State. Both organizations said they were killed two weeks ago on Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.

Islamic State abducted the Assyrians in February during battles with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeastern Syria.