24/02/2015 8:42 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

IS Kidnaps 56 Christians In Syria

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ALEPPO, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 18: Kids walking among the destroyed buildings of the Syrian town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab), Aleppo on February 18, 2015 after it has been freed from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. While civilians in the eastern parts of the city are refusing entrance to the area on suspicion of a trap, houses in other areas are being presented ready for use by their owners. (Photo by Esber Ayaydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Islamic State (IS) militants Monday kidnapped 56 Syrian Christians of Assyrian minority in Al-Hasakah province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Assyrians were abducted from the town of Tal Shamiram in the countryside of the predominantly-Kurdish city of Hasaka, Xinhua reported.

Tens of other Assyrians were also taken into captivity by the IS in the town of Tal Hurmos, adjacent to Tal Shamiram, according to the London-based watchdog group.

The IS repeatedly attacked minority groups across Syria and most recently in Libya, where the terrorist group abducted and executed over 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians, branding them the "worshipers of the cross."