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Islamic State abducts dozens of Christians in captured Syrian town of Qaryatain

Islamic State militants have abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town captured earlier this week, according to activists.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy said they have no information where the militants took the residents after overrunning the heavily populated town of Qaryatain.

The Observatory said "dozens" of Christians were among the people abducted, while Mr al-Talawy put the number at 60. He said the rest of those abducted are Sunni Muslims.

In February, IS kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians after overrunning several farming communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in the north-eastern province of Hassakeh.

Since then, only a few have been released and the fate of the others remains unknown.

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