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Activist groups: Islamic State group militants kidnap at least 70 Assyrian villagers in Syria

  • FILE - In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.  Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Two activist groups say Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrians after overrunning several villages in northeastern Syria.

Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action that focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East, says the Islamic State fighters are holding between 70 and 100 captive, most of them from the Christian Assyrian village of Tal Shamiram.

Kino said Tuesday his group based its information on conversations with villagers who fled the onslaught and their relatives.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number of Assyrian captives at 90.

Tal Shamiram is located some 85 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the Hassakeh provincial capital of Qamishli. Islamic State fighters overran Tal Shamiram and other nearby Assyrian villages on Monday.