Workers “destroy ancient Chinese tombs”

About 10 ancient tombs have been destroyed by construction workers building an IKEA branch in the eastern China city of Nanjing, Reuters cited a local newspaper as saying on Tuesday.

The tombs – which date from the "six dynasties" period from AD 220 to 589 — were uncovered in Jiangsu province, the Nanjing Morning Post said.

But the tombs were destroyed by excavation machines and bulldozers making way for an outlet for the Swedish home furnishings chain, according to the report.

"The tops of some of the tombs were chopped off by bulldozers, disclosing some green bricks," it said, citing a witness.

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