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Islamic State Group bulldozed ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq

Mar 7, 2015 18:38 IST

Ancient city Nimrud, Iraq: Bulldozed by IS Group

Ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq was in news on 6 March 2015 as Islamic State (IS) militant group bulldozed the ancient city.

Nimrud overlooking the Tigris River was founded in the 13th century BC and was considered the jewel of the Assyrian era.

Its stunning reliefs and colossal statues of winged bulls with human heads guarding palace gates filled the world’s museums in the 19th century.

A collection of 613 pieces of gold jewellery, ornaments and precious stones discovered in a royal tomb in 1988 has been described as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

This latest attack on Iraqi cultural treasure has been described by United Nations (UN) as a war crime. Irina Bokova, the head of the UN’s cultural body UNESCO, condemned the destruction of Nimrud with the strongest force.

Nimrud is the latest victim of what appears to be a systematic campaign by the Jihadists to obliterate Iraq’s rich heritage.

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