Arrest after girl killed
news agency in Syria has posted pictures of the chaos and destruction caused by ISIS during its reign of terror in the historic city of Palmyra. Troops and pro-government militiamen captured the ancient city on Sunday under the cover of Russian airstrikes, ending a 10-month occupation by the extremists. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through local activists, said more than 400 ISIS fighters had been killed in the battle for control of the city. The images, posted by SANA on social media, show damaged buildings and burned-out military hardware, as well as widespread rubble and shattered statues. However, Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told the AFP news agency that “the landscape, in general, is in good shape”. He said and his colleagues were planning to visit the city and start a detailed survey of the ruins. The city, known to Syrians as the ‘Bride of the Desert’, is famous for its 2,000-year-old artefacts and buildings that once drew tens of thousands of visitors each year before ISIS destroyed many of the monuments. Meanwhile, a Syrian military official says bomb squads are working on removing mines and bombs planted by ISIS in residential areas and the city’s historic quarter. A three-year-old girl has been decapitated in an apparently random killing outside a subway station, according to media in Taiwan. Local media said police arrested a man following yesterday’s attack in the capital Taipei. According to reports, the man, identified only as Wang, grabbed the girl from behind shortly before noon and decapitated her with a cleaver. The girl was with her mother, who was unable to prevent the attack. A news agency said the 33-year-old Wang had been treated for mental illness.
RUINED: The images show rubble, damaged buildings and smashed statues in Palmyra