ISIL frees majority of abducted Syrian plant staff
April 9, Damascus: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has released most of the cement workers it kidnapped on Thursday.
A monitoring group said that it was still unclear how many were being held and how many of the kidnapped Al-Badia cement factory workers were freed.
The number was far less than 300 - but ISIL's Amaq website said the armed group had released nearly 300 workers.
The monitoring group also said the group executed four workers for being from the Druze minority and would not release 20 men accused of belonging to a pro-government forces.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that local officials in two nearby towns secured an agreement for ISIL to release the workers, kidnapped from the plant located near the town of Dumayr.
The Britain-based monitor said around 170 workers were freed as others had already managed to escape.
A military source the told AFP news agency that he saw dozens of cement workers arrive on Friday evening at a nearby regime-held military airport.
The Oslo Times