A priest and a score of Christians have been kidnapped near Syria's border with Turkey, the Euro News website reports today (October 7, 2014).
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem says that Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf was abducted in the Christian village of Knayeh in Idlib province by brigades linked to the Islamist Nursa Front -- the local branch of al Qaeda.
Since the kidnapping on October 5, there has been no news of them. Some 20 Christians are believed to have been taken.
Several nuns are said to have taken refuge with local people.