Terrorist group ISIS has reportedly leveled the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq, said reports.
According to the Iraqi tourism and antiquities ministry, ISIS started bulldozing the city “with heavy vehicles” on Thursday, the AFP news agency reported. Early reports say the winged bull statues were damaged by the group.
ISIS recently filmed its militants destroying statues and other artifacts in the Mosul Museum.
Nimrud is the name for the ancient Assyrian city known as Kalhu, which is located south of Mosul along the Tigris River. The city dates back to the 13th century BC.
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Following the destruction of the statue, there were fears of mass looting across Iraq and Syria.
“I am fearful that there will be mass looting as in Syria,” Katharyn Hanson, who is a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Heritage Centre, according to the Independent.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old California man previously charged with lying on a passport application so he could fly to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group was indicted Wednesday on a charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Adam Dandach (DAN-ditch) was also charged in the superseding indictment with obstructing justice by trying to destroy records of his online activity to thwart investigators.
Dandach was stopped in July in the Orange County airport while trying to board a flight to Turkey with an expedited replacement passport he got after he said he accidentally threw his old one away. Prosecutors said he knew that wasn’t true and that his mother had confiscated the passport when she heard about his plan to go overseas.
The FBI said Dandach told agents he planned to pledge allegiance and offer to help the Islamic State in Syria any way he could. He told agents he believed the killings of American soldiers were justified.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.