Islamic terrorists, this time from Pakistan, continue their fight against Buddhist rock carvings.
There was, however, no damage to the image of the sitting Buddha carved into a 40-metre high rock in mountains 20 km north of Mingora, a town in the scenic Swat valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad.
A group of masked-men tried to destroy the carving on Tuesday, said provincial archaeology department official Aqleem Khan.
“Militants drilled holes in the rock and filled them with dynamite and blew it up,” Khan said on Wednesday.
“The explosion damaged the upper part of the rock but there was no damage to the image itself,” he told Reuters.[Pakistani militants try to blow up Buddha carving]