Reports: Islamic State kidnaps dozens in Syria, dead found
Pro-government radio station Sham FM said the extremists attacked farmers picking truffles in the eastern countryside of Hama province. He added that some of the abductees “were martyred” while contact was lost with others.
Despite their defeat in Syria in March 2019, the militant group’s sleeper cells continue to carry out deadly attacks in Syria and Iraq where they once declared a “caliphate”.
Last month, IS sleeper cells attacked workers picking truffles near the central town of Sukhna, killing at least 53 people, mostly workers but also members of the Syrian government security forces.
Truffles are a seasonal delicacy that can fetch a high price. Since truffle hunters work in large groups in remote areas, IS militants have repeatedly attacked them in previous years, coming out of the desert to abduct them, killing some and ransoming others. against money.