Sunday, May 04, 2008

Blast Damages Bamiyan Buddha

Washington Times
May 4, 2008

KABUL — The United Nations was investigating reports yesterday that a controlled explosion of old ordnance has caused more damage to one of the famed Bamiyan Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban seven year ago.

Najibullah Harar, chief of information and culture for Bamiyan, told the Associated Press the blast conducted by NATO-led troops near the smaller of the two statues Thursday had caused cracks in what is left of the 114-foot-high ancient structure.

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