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ISIS propaganda images purport to show destruction of temple at Palmyra

The Islamic State group has released propaganda images that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra.

The images, posted Tuesday on social media by supporters of the group, showed the temple reduced to a pile of rocks. One caption read: "The complete destruction of the pagan Baalshamin temple."

The Associated Press could not independently verify the images. However, they were released like other group propaganda and carried a logo it often used in the city of Palmyra, in Syria's central Homs province.

The images also corresponded to prior AP reporting. A resident of Palmyra had told the AP the temple was destroyed on Sunday, a month after the group's militants booby-trapped it with explosives.