BEIRUT – The Islamic State group has collected millions of dollars in ransom for a group of Assyrian Christians it kidnapped in Syria
a year ago, Christian officials and an opposition group said Monday, as the last of the 230 hostages were freed.
Younan Talia, of the Assyrian Democratic Organization, told The Associated Press that about 40 remaining captives were released early Monday and arrived in the northeastern town of Tal Tamr. He said the release came after mediation led by a top Assyrian priest in northern Syria.
Talia said ISIS demanded a ransom of $18 million for the Assyrian Christians. He said the figure was later lowered following negotiations. He said he did not know the final amount.