Muslims linked to Islamic State abduct dozens of Christians in Syria Sweep

Local reports said the militant group had seized control of 10 villages and were still trying to take others but were engaged in clashes with local forces and fighters with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD.

Estimates varied on the number of people kidnapped by the Islamic State.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 90 civilians were kidnapped. Residents from Tal Shamiram, where 56 civilians are reported to have been taken hostage, told the observatory that they heard Islamic State militants speaking over walkie-talkies saying they had detained “56 crusaders.”

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