ISIL militants raid Syrian village, burn houses, kidnap people

ISIL militants raid Syrian village, burn houses, kidnap people
Mon Mar 3, 2014 11:55:40

Radical militants in Syria have attacked and destroyed a religious shrine in a village in the country’s north and burning down houses and kidnapping several villagers.

Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked the village of Tel Marouf, located near the city of Qamishli, and burned houses along with a Sufi shrine belonging to Sheikh Khaznawi.

Tel Marouf village is mostly inhabited by Kurdish people.

The militants also kidnapped around 50 residents of the village, including some women and children.

The attack came as the Syrian government forces made more advances against foreign-backed militants on Sunday, inflicting heavy losses on them in Aleppo and Homs.

A number of the militants from the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front were reportedly killed in Syrian army’s operations in Rastan city in Homs.
In Aleppo, scores of militants were also killed in clashes with the Syrian government forces.

The Syrian army has escalated its mop-up operations against the militant groups across the country.

Syria sank into war in March 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


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