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Egypt’s Islamic authority downplays ISIS threat to destroy pyramids

ISIS made the threat in a 10-minute video it released showing its militants blowing up a 2,500-year-old temple in Iraq

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Egypt’s Islamic authority has downplayed recent threats by ISIS that the militant group could destroy the Giza pyramids, the state-owned Ahram Online reported Friday.

“This is unlikely in Egypt in light of a strong state and deterrent institutions,” Dar Al-Ifta, the Egyptian state body that issues Islamic edicts, said in a statement.

Dar Al-Ifta said such threats are “unrealistic” amid what it described as series of successful security blows that led to a “decline in terrorist attacks” in Egypt.

ISIS made the threat in a 10-minute video it released showing its militants blowing up a 2,500-year-old temple in Iraq.

Demolishing the temple of Nabu - the Babylonian god of wisdom - in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is the latest of ISIS attacks against historic sites in the country and its neighboring Syria.