People watch a three-dimensional projection of the Salsal Buddha at the site where the Buddhas of Bamiyan statues stood before being destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. Photo: AFP
People watch a three-dimensional projection of the Salsal Buddha at the site where the Buddhas of Bamiyan statues stood before being destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. Photo: AFP
Afghanistan

Ancient artefacts including Buddha heads looted from Unesco site amid Afghan turmoil

  • The items were stolen from a storage facility belonging to a French archaeological team working to conserve the site
  • In 2001, when the Taliban were previously in power, they blew up and destroyed the two 6th century Great Buddhas of Bamiyan

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People watch a three-dimensional projection of the Salsal Buddha at the site where the Buddhas of Bamiyan statues stood before being destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. Photo: AFP
People watch a three-dimensional projection of the Salsal Buddha at the site where the Buddhas of Bamiyan statues stood before being destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. Photo: AFP
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