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In Pakistan, tried to blow up Buddha statue

September 12 2007

The Islamists have tried to blow up in Pakistan, the figure of Buddha seated near the town of Mingora in the mountainous region of Swat. This is one of the most famous monuments of the Buddhist era.

As the representative of the Archaeological Department of Mingora, a group of masked gunmen on Tuesday night laid the mines in the rock, where the carved figure of Buddha. However, the monument to the VII century BC by the explosion was not injured, damage was only a rock, in which he carved.

The figure near Mingora - one of the largest Buddha images of this period, preserved almost intact to this day.

By assumption, the local authorities, the Islamists have acted under the influence of the acts of the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. In 2001 the government of the Taliban ordered the destruction of two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan Province.

Buddha near the Pakistani city of Mingora, as the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, Afghanistan, refers to Gandharskoy culture that existed here in ancient times. Reports

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