SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – CEO Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the Islamic state (IS) massacres had received nearly 700 hostages in a part of Syria controlled by US-based forces and had enforced some of them and promised to kill more.
Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in a signed ceremony following a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Black Sea, Sochi, Russia October 1
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Speaking in the Black Sea resort city Sochi, Putin said the hostage comprised several US and European citizens and added that the Islamic state expanded its control in the territory of the Euphrates left side controlled by US and US backed forces.
Putin did not specify what the military demands were.
“They have issued ultimatum, specific requirements and warned that if these ultimatum is not met, they will perform 10 people every day. The day before yesterday they carried out 10 people,” Putin told Valdai’s discussion forum in Sochi.
TASS News Agency reported on Wednesday that IS military had taken about 700 hostages in Syria, Deir-al-Zor province, after attacking a refugee camp in an area controlled by US backing forces on October 13.
TASS said the militants had kidnapped about 130 families and brought them to the city of Hajin.
Reporting of Gleb Stolyarov in Sochi; Further Reporting by Polina Devitt in Moscow; Print by Tom Balmforth; Editing Andrew Osborn