Ar­rest af­ter girl killed

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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

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