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WorldAncient tower collapses in Afghanistan

01:05  14 june  2019
01:05  14 june  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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One of the 36 towers of the ancient fortress of Bala Hissar, a monument of architecture of the 11th century Afghan and cultural heritage site by UNESCO, on Sunday night, collapsed in the town of Ghazni, Pazhvak news agency reported. According to the agency, referring to the people of the

#Ghazni# Afghanistan 's# Afghanistan news# Afghanistan map#Taliban#Taliban map#Khorasan. 15 of the 36 towers in the 12th century citadel have collapsed or been severely damaged. Neglect, corruption, and the war are putting all of Afghanistan 's ancient treasures at risk.

Ancient tower collapses in Afghanistan© Getty Images A destroyed Russian tank is seen alongside one of two minarets built in the 12th Century in Ghazni city

An ancient tower in the Afghan city of Ghazni has collapsed, raising questions over the government's ability to protect the country's artefacts.

Footage uploaded to social media shows a fort in the old city crumbling.

The tower was one of dozens already destroyed in the city. Officials blamed heavy rain, but some critics accuse the government of negligence.

Ghazni's Islamic and pre-Islamic architecture is widely admired although war has taken its toll.

Mohammad Saber Mohmand, a spokesman for the ministry of information and culture, told Tolo News the fort was "vulnerable to rainfall and mostly damaged by rain".

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Afghanistan . Historic Tower Collapses In Ghazni. The tower is part of the 32 towers of the Ghaznain Fort in the old city of Ghazni. Many of the 32 towers have been destroyed over the past few years.

Afghanistan . Historic Tower Collapses In Ghazni. The tower is part of the 32 towers of the Ghaznain Fort in the old city of Ghazni. Many of the 32 towers have been destroyed over the past few years.

"The main highway is located near the fort, which affects the towers," he added.

Ghazni was a thriving Buddhist centre up until the 7th Century. But in 683 AD, Arab armies brought Islam to the region. In the 13th Century it was destroyed by the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, led by his son Ogedei Khan.

The ancient city has been designated an Asian city of Islamic Culture by the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation.

However, many of the city's ancient buildings have been difficult for outsiders to visit due to the Taliban insurgency.

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