ISIL video shows destruction of Mosul artifacts
Five-minute clip shows group of bearded men in a museum using hammers and drills to smash several large statues.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has released a video purportedly showing its fighters using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.
The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men in a museum using hammers and drills to destroy several large statues, including one depicting a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to 9th century BC.
ISIL has destroyed a number of shrines, including Muslim holy sites, in order to eliminate what it views as heresy.
The group is also believed to have sold ancient artefacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.
The video bore the logo of ISIL's media arm and was posted on a Twitter account used by the group.