BEIRUT: Militants from the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS have kidnapped more than 150 Kurdish teenagers, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The anti-regime group said the incident took place late last week, when the teenagers, from the village of Ain Arab in Aleppo province, were returning from the city of Aleppo, where they had completed their end-of-year exams.
The teenagers were taken to ISIS facilities in the province in preparation for a 10-day period of instruction in Shariah, the Observatory added. More than 150 Kurds remained as hostages after a number of female students were released.
Ain Arab is under the control of the Kurdish YPG militia, and the government did not permit the taking of examinations, obliging them to make the trip to Aleppo.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 03, 2014, on page 8.