Entrance of the liberated city of Kobane. Photo: ARA News
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Kobane, Syria – Militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) infiltrated into the Kurdish village of Qolan in the southern countryside of Kobane, north Syria, and abducted dozens of civilians, local sources reported on Monday.
Among the abductees were women and children, who have recently returned to their hometown after Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained the area and expelled militants of the radical group.
“ISIS terrorists took advantage of the absence of the Kurdish forces on Monday afternoon and infiltrated into the village,” a local source told ARA News in Kobane on the condition of anonymity.
“They’ve taken several Kurdish families as hostages,” the source said.
Speaking to ARA News, YPG fighter Sarhad Abbas said: “As our forces were dismantling mines left by ISIS in eastern Kobane, the terrorist group broke into civilians houses and kidnapped dozens from the village of Qolan.”
“We are concerned about the destiny of the abductees. We are aware that the barbarians of ISIS use civilians as human shields during battles, that’s why we are deeply concerned,” Abbas said.
Kurdish forces of the YPG and Peshmerga liberated the city of Kobane in January, after four months of fierce battles with the radical group of Islamic State.
In June, some ISIS militants infiltrated into Kobane city and committed a massacre in which dozens of civilians were slaughtered.
Reporting by: Muhammad Ali
Source: ARA News