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IS kills 40 in Syria village attack

Islamic State fighters have killed over 40 people in an attack on a central Syrian village, opposition activists and state TV say.

The extremist group launched an offensive on the government-held village of Mabuja in the east of the central province of Hama.

State TV said they slaughtered 44 people, including women and children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 37 civilians who were either shot dead, burned or stabbed before the militants withdrew.

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