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Islamic State group militants have destroyed the ancient Baalshamin temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, government officials and activists said Sunday. It was feared the site would be destroyed following the militant takeover of the city in May.
The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, "placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baalshamin today and then blew it up, causing much damage to the temple," Syrian Antiquities Chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told AFP news agency.