: AFP: 250 Syrians missing after IS attack east of Damascus

11:39 Apr. 7, 2016

AFP: 250 Syrians missing after IS attack east of Damascus

Syrian soldiers celebrate their victory against the Islamic State group in Qaryatain, Syria, April 4, 2016 (AP Photo)

People are believed to have been seized by IS

Around 250 Syrian civilians are feared kidnapped after an attack by the Islamic State jihadist group on a cement factory east of Damascus, residents told AFP on Thursday (April 7).

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"We haven't been able to reach our family members since noon on Monday after an attack by Daesh on the factory," said a resident of the town of Dmeir, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Damascus, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

"We have no information about where they are," the resident added.

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An administrator at the plant said 250 employees had been unreachable since Monday (April 4).

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "dozens" of staff were believed to have been seized by IS from the cement factory and taken to an unknown location.

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