Activists: IS Kills at Least 75 in Attacks in Eastern Syria

January 16, 2016 8:15 PM

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BEIRUT — Islamic State militants on Saturday killed dozens of people, most of them pro-government militiamen, in wide-scale attacks on government-held areas of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, opposition activists said.

The opposition activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 75 soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in the attacks which saw the group make significant advances in the contested city. It said at least 60 of them were shot dead by the extremists.

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