ISIS Kidnapped Hundreds of Workers Outside Damascus: Reports

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Schoolchildren carry their bags as they walk along a street in the rebel held Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, March 27. Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Updated | The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group has reportedly abducted 300 workers outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, near where a surprise attack from the group occurred earlier this week.

According to Syrian state TV, ISIS members kidnapped the hundreds of workers and contractors from the al-Badia Cement Company. The workers were taken from dormitories on the edge of Dumeir, located around 25 miles northeast of Damascus, and have been missing since Monday, the BBC reports.

SANA, the Syrian state news agency, said the company was unable to reach the workers.

"We haven't been able to reach our family members since noon on Monday after an attack by Daesh on the factory," a Dumeir resident told Agence France-Presse, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"We have no information about where they are," they said.

Dumeir has seen fighting between ISIS and government forces over the past few days. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 soldiers were killed earlier this week after ISIS detonated car bombs near military posts near Dumeir's military airport. The group added that more than a dozen civilians were killed in clashes.

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