Islamic State gets millions in ransom for abducted Christians

BEIRUT – The Islamic State group has collected millions of dollars in ransom for a group of Assyrian Christians it kidnapped in Syria a year ago, Christian officials and an opposition group said Monday, as the last of the 230 hostages were freed.

The release ended a yearlong saga for the Christians – many of them women and children – during which families had no news from their loved ones.

Younan Talia, of the Assyrian Democratic Organization, told the Associated Press that about 40 remaining captives were released early Monday and arrived in the northeastern town of Tal Tamr. He said the release came after mediation led by a top Assyrian priest in northern Syria.

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