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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – The Nineveh State’s office of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) published a videotape showing the group’s militants demolishing and destroying the historic landmarks of Nimrud in Mosul, northern Iraq
The hardline group detonated the area by remote control as well as by heavy hummers. The historic Assyrian city of Nimrud has been exposed to collective destruction by the radical group on Saturday.
“These are idols worshiped by people and one of the landmarks of polytheism and must be removed,” the group said in a statement.
Speaking to ARA News, Samir Atallah, an Iraqi archeologist, said that the Islamic State continues its campaign of destroying the legacy of human civilization and culture through the destruction of artifacts and repressive practices.
“This inhumane bloody group tortures, kills, and burns the bodies of those who oppose its ideology, banning the trading books of science, knowledge, culture, literature and the arts, and ultimately destroys historic monuments,” he added.
“This was preceded by the Islamic State’s destruction of historical treasures and relics of the Assyrians in the Mosul Museum, sabotaging all of its contents. The collective history of the ancient civilizations in the region are at risk if the atrocities of this group are not stopped,” Atalah explained.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News