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Islamic State group abducts at least 400 civilians

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Islamic State group abducts at least 400 civilians

The self-styled Islamic State group abducted at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor yesterday, according to a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said: "After their attack on Deir Ezzor, IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh neighbourhood it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city.

"Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters," the observatory chief said, adding they were transported to other areas under IS control.

Earlier, Syria's state news agency SANA said that at least 300 people had been killed in the attacks in Deir al-Zor.