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Shiite shrine in Mosul dynamited

People inspect the destroyed Mosque of The Prophet Younis, or Jonah in Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2014.(AP Photo)

MOSUL, Iraq: Militants from ISIS have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said Saturday.

Jihadists destroyed the Prophet Seth (Nabi Sheet) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the “caliphate” proclaimed last month by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“ISIS militants stopped people from coming close, set explosives in and around the shrine and then detonated them as a crowd looked on,” one resident who witnessed the demolition told AFP.

Seth is revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism as the third son of Adam and Eve.

Sami al-Massoudi, the deputy head of the Shiite endowment agency overseeing holy sites, confirmed that militants blew up the shrine and added that they took some of the artifacts to an unknown location.

“These people follow this impossible religious doctrine according to which they must destroy or kill anything or anybody deviating from their views,” he said.

“That simply has nothing to do with Islam.”

The latest destruction comes a day after ISIS militants completely leveled the reputed tomb of Jonah (Nabi Younis) in Mosul, sparking an outcry among religious officials.

Moqtada Sadr, a Shiite sheikh whose followers have taken up arms to protect endangered holy sites, also condemned the demolition of the Nabi Younis shrine.

“He was a prophet for all religions,” Sadr said, adding that the perpetrators of the desecration “don’t deserve to live.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 28, 2014, on page 8.

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Summary

Militants from ISIS have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said Saturday.

Jihadists destroyed the Prophet Seth (Nabi Sheet) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the "caliphate" proclaimed last month by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Sami al-Massoudi, the deputy head of the Shiite endowment agency overseeing holy sites, confirmed that militants blew up the shrine and added that they took some of the artifacts to an unknown location.


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