300 workers ‘abducted by IS’ near Damascus

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Islamic State militants have kidnapped 300 cement workers and contractors in an area north-east of Damascus, Syrian state TV said.

The report said the workers from the al-Badia Cement Company were abducted on Thursday from Dumeir, an area where militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week.

State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been no success in efforts to establish contact with any of the workers.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syria conflict, said earlier in the day that contact was lost with dozens of workers in Dumeir.

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