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Pakistani Taliban attack Shia mosque

Taliban militants have attacked worshippers at a Shia mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar with guns and grenades, killing at least 19.

Police killed one of the militants in a gunfight around the mosque, in the wealthy Hayatabad district.

Another of the militants blew himself up with a suicide vest, and a third was arrested, police said.

Two weeks ago, another attack on a Shia mosque in Sindh province’s Shikarpur district left more than 60 people dead.

Sunni militants linked to the Taliban said they had carried out the Shikarpur attack, which was the deadliest in years.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief for the loss of life and said that the government remained committed to “eradicating the menace of terrorism”.

Over the past decade, Pakistan has experienced an increasing number of sectarian attacks.

Most are carried out by hardline Sunni Muslim groups against Shias, who comprise about 20% of the population.

ISIS In Palmyra: Another Ancient Temple Partially Destroyed In The Syrian City

Militants of the Islamic State group have severely damaged the Bel temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in a statement released Sunday.

According to the Associated Press (AP), which cited a resident of the area, only the wall of the temple now remains intact. The latest destruction comes just days after the Sunni militant group – which deems temples polytheistic and idolatrous – destroyed the 2,000-year old temple of Baalshamin, dedicated to a Canaanite deity.

“It is total destruction … the bricks and the columns are on the ground,” the resident, identified as Nasser al-Thaer, told AP, adding that he heard a loud blast Sunday afternoon. Read more.