BEIRUT - An armed Kurdish group said it had captured a town in northeast Syria from Islamist fighters on Saturday in a battle which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said had killed 28 people, most of them Islamists.

The People's Protection Units, the Kurdish group, said in a statement its fighters had killed around 50 "armed mercenaries" in the battle for Tal Brak, a town located on a highway between the cities of Hassaka and Qamishli.

Rami Abdelrahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said at least 25 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militias had been killed, together with three members of the Kurdish group.

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