MOSCOW (Sputnik) — ISIL militants have destroyed numerous Christian graves in Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, a research institute reported.
According to Middle East Media Research Institute, the Islamic State information office published Thursday a series photographs depicting militants smashing gravestones with sledgehammers and defacing crosses.
The Islamic State militants have been destroying numerous landmarks in Iraq in recent months.
A video released by ISIL in late February showed militants use sledgehammers to lay waste to a museum in Mosul, smashing precious statues and other pre-Islamic heritage artefacts that the ISIL describes as "false gods."
The militants also looted two ancient Iraqi cities of Hatra and Nimrud.