World Middle East 09 Apr 2016 Most of 300 cement w ...

Most of 300 cement workers abducted by IS in Syria freed

AP
Published Apr 9, 2016, 6:27 pm IST
Updated Apr 9, 2016, 6:27 pm IST
The reports came two days after IS abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace.
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Beirut: A Syrian opposition monitoring group and a news agency linked to the Islamic State group said scores of cement workers abducted near Damascus this week were released on Saturday.

The reports came two days after IS abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace in the areas of Dumeir just northeast of the capital Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said all those abducted have been released except for 30 people who were guards at the cement factory.

 

The IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency said most of the 300 were released after they were questioned to check whether they were all Muslims or included government supporters. It said four workers who belonged to the minority Druse sect were killed and 20 other pro-government gunmen are still being held.

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