‘IS’ destroys archaeological pieces

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Palmyra City, Syria: Google Maps

The so-called Islamic State says it has destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic Syrian town of Palmyra after they were confiscated from a smuggler.

An IS statement said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint.

The issue was referred to an Islamic court which ordered they be destroyed and the man be whipped.

Photographs released by the group showed IS fighters destroying the busts with large hammers.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was unclear if the busts were authentic or if the militants destroyed fake busts as a cover for the IS group’s own antiquities smuggling.

In March, IS members in Iraq razed 3,000-year-old Nimrod and bulldozed 2,000-year-old Hatra – both Unesco world heritage sites.

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