Middle East

ISIS behead captured Kurds in Syria

ISIS militants patrol as fighting between Islamic militants and Kurdish forces to the west of Kobani, Syria continues near the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

BEIRUT: Activists say ISIS militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the nine Kurds were captured during fighting over the northern Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab.

There have been fierce clashes around Kobani since mid-September, when ISIS launched an assault to seize the area.

The Observatory also says that dozens of militants and Kurdish fighters were killed in clashes overnight.

Images posted on social media networks show women's heads placed on a cement block, said to be in the northern Syrian city of Jarablous, held by militants. The photos could not be independently verified but correspond to The Associated Press' reporting of the event.

 

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