Wednesday 22 November 2017

Islamic State ties hostages to Palmyra columns before blowing them up

A file picture taken on June 19, 2010 shows the Arch of Triumph among the Roman ruins of Palmyra, 220 kms northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus. The Islamic State jihadist group executed three people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by binding them to three historic columns and blowing them up, a monitoring group said on October 26, 2015
A file picture taken on June 19, 2010 shows the Arch of Triumph among the Roman ruins of Palmyra, 220 kms northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus. The Islamic State jihadist group executed three people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by binding them to three historic columns and blowing them up, a monitoring group said on October 26, 2015

The Islamic State group has killed three of its captives in Syria by tying them to Roman-era columns in Palmyra before blowing the structures up with explosives.

It was the latest gruesome method of killing by the militant group, which has become known for horrific beheadings of its prisoners.

A Palmyra activist who goes by the name Nasser al-Thaer said that the killings of the three took place at the Palmyra archaeological site, located a few miles away from the city.

Mr Al-Thaer and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said the three were civilians but that their identities remain unknown.

Earlier this week, the group posted images on social media which purported to show its members driving a tank over a captured government soldier, after he allegedly drove over IS militants.

Islamic State is known to have tanks, mostly captured in battle from Syrian troops or in the territory it holds in neighbouring Iraq.

It has also destroyed many of ancient Palmyra's relics, including the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Triumph.

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