Islamic State beheads leading Syrian antiquities scholar in Palmyra

August 19, 2015 7:53 AM

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Islamic State beheads leading Syrian antiquities scholar in Palmyra

Islamic State extremists have beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, according to state media and an activist group.

IS killed 81-year-old Khaled Asaad in a square outside the town's museum, said state news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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