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By News Express on 07/04/2016

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Boko Haram’s partners in crime have abducted more than 300 staff at a cement factory near Damascus. The unfortunate workers were kidnapped after an attack earlier this week by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), Syrian state TV said on Thursday.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group last year pledged allegiance to ISIS and continues to work closely with it.

Hundreds of employees at the Al Badia Cement company were taken by ISIL fighters from a factory in the town of Dumayr, 50km east of the Syrian capital, the report quoted the industry ministry as saying.

It added the workers’ employer had lost all contact with them.

Residents in the nearby area of Giraud saw ISIL vehicles carrying nearly 125 workers and heading to the town of Tel Dkoh that is controlled by the group, local official Nadeem Krizan told Syria’s official news agency SANA.

However, Krizan did not account for the other workers reportedly seized.

There were conflicting reports on Thursday about the number of people missing.

A resident of Dumeir, 50km east of the Syrian capital, told the AFP news agency that contact with family members had been lost “since noon on Monday”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “dozens” of staff had disappeared, while a plant administrator put the figure at 250.

“There is information that the workers might have been kidnapped by Islamic State and taken to an unknown destination,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the Observatory's head, told the DPA news agency.

The Britain-based monitor, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria for information, added the ISIL attack on Dumayr killed at least 20 Syrian soldiers and allied paramilitary fighters.

The cement factory lies outside Dumayr, which has seen fierce battles between government forces and ISIL fighters inside the town.

A Syrian security source told AFP that ISIL also tried to seize a nearby airbase and power plant from the government, without succeeding.

ISIL's latest attacks near Damascus are seen as retaliation for military setbacks suffered by the group elsewhere in Syria.

Last month, Syrian regime forces – backed by Russian warplanes – drove ISIL from the strategic and ancient city of Palmyra, which the fighters had controlled for 10 months.

•Adapted from News Agencies. Photo shows ISIL terrorists.

Source News Express

Posted 07/04/2016 8:47:27 PM

 

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