Jihadists kidnap 145 Kurdish children in Syria, Ngo says

Parents fear kids could be used as suicide attackers

18 June, 15:42

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    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - Militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) kidnapped, on May 29, 145 Kurdish children in northern Syria as they were going back home after sitting tests, according to the NGO Syrian Observatory for Human rights.

    Some of the students' parents fear they will be brainwashed and used as suicide bombers. Jihadist militants with ISIS, who have launched an offensive in northern Iraq since last week, control vast regions also in northern Syria and pursue the objective of setting up a transnational Islamic caliphate. According to the NGO, the children were abducted along the road between Aleppo and Minbej while returning to Kobani, where they live, after sitting end-of-year exams in regime-held areas of Aleppo.

    Some Kobani residents expressed the fear they could be trained to become suicide attackers after five of them were able to escape and said they were taught lessons on ''jihad against the enemies of God and apostates'' by their abductors.

    Also at the end of May, ISIS kidnapped another 193 Kurds aged 17 to 70 in the town of Qubasin in the province of Aleppo.


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