6th century Bamiyan Buddhas come fire again with Taliban returning to power

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The 6th century monumental statues of standing buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley came under fire again, a little over two months after Taliban took over Afghanistan.

A video circulating on social media appears to show several gunmen opening fire on Buddhas with the Taliban song being played in the background.

The individual who has recorded the video says the Taliban militants opened fire on the Buddhas. However, the Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.

A Taliban official had earlier said the the leadership of the group has issued strict orders, prohibiting the destruction of historical monuments as well as the smuggling of artifacts out of the country.

The group destroyed the two largest Buddhas after coming to power in Afghanistan in mid-90s.

The Buddhas are situated 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters. Built in 507 A.D, the larger in 554 CE, the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.

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