Al Qaeda kidnaps 300 Kurds in Syria, Syrian official says

Al Qaeda militants kidnapped 300 Kurdish men in northern Syria Monday, a Kurdish official said.

Extremists from al Qaeda’s Syrian wing-- called the Nusra front—took the men Sunday evening as they were headed to Aleppo and the capital, Damascus from the town of Afrin, which is under Kurdish control.

``They left women and children but they kidnapped 300 men and young people,'' Idris Nassan, an official in the Kobani area told Reuters.

``They captured them in Tuqad village, (12 miles) west of Aleppo and then they moved them to al-Dana town in Idlib province,'' Nassan added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group-- which monitors the conflict from Britain-- said Kurds were kidnapped but the number of victims was unclear.

The Nusra Front has not claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping.

Kurdish militia and Islamic extremists have battled over territorial disputes in Syria during the four-year-long deadly civil war.