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Photos show IS blowing up ancient Palmyra temple in Syria

IS militants say they have blown up a historical temple in Syria's ancient Roman city of Palmyra
A file image shows the Baal Shamin temple in the UNESCO listed site of Palmyra in Syria (AFP)

The Islamic State group on Tuesday posted photos to social media purporting to show their militants blowing up the nearly 2,000 year old Baal Shamin temple in Syria's world heritage site of Palmyra. 

Photos showed IS militants placing explosives inside the temple and then detonating them, reducing the ancient Baal Shamin to rubble.

IS photo of their militants laying explosives inside Baal Shamin

IS photo of Baal Shamin being blown up

IS photo showing rubble of Baal Shamin

Syria's antiquities chief said on Sunday that IS had blown up Baal Shamin but it was only on Tuesday that the militant group released photos of the destruction.

UNESCO has accused IS of a war crime in blowing up Baal Shamin, which was built nearly 2,000 years ago as part of a Roman settlement and was viewed as a symbol of Syria's cultural and historical diversity.

IS seized control of Palmyra from government forces in May and have repeatedly threatened to destroy the ancient city. 

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