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ISIS blows up Syrian church in Hassaka

The militants had planted explosives inside the Church of the Virgin Mary in Tel Nasri, an Assyrian village

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly blew up an 80-year-old church in Syria’s northeastern province of Hassaka on Easter Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said, according to Reuters news agency.

SANA, which did not report any casualties, said the militants had planted explosives inside the Church of the Virgin Mary in Tel Nasri, an Assyrian village in an area where Christian and Kurdish militia have been battling ISIS.

ISIS controls the village, the news agency said on Monday.

The militant group, which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, espouses a fiercely purist school of Sunni Islam, deeming many other Muslims to be heretics.

Its fighters have previously destroyed Shiite and Sufi religious sites and also attacked churches.

[With Reuters]