Islamic militants destroy Muslim shrine in Mosul
Isis jihadists continue to target holy sites across Iraq
By Gareth Harris. Web only
Published online: 26 July 2014
Islamic state militants (Isis) have blown up a significant shrine in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the latest in a series of holy sites reportedly destroyed by the jihadist group. On 24 July, Isis members detonated explosives in the Mosque of the Prophet Younis. The militants said that “the mosque had become a place for apostasy, not prayer”, according to Agence France Presse.
The Nabis Younis mosque, thought to be the burial place of Jonah (the prophet swallowed by a whale), was built around 1393 upon the ruins of a Christian church.
“Nabis Younis was one of the most important mosques in Mosul and one of the few historic mosques that are found in the east side of the city. The mosque and minaret were destroyed by Isis militants on July 24,” according to the website for the United States Department of Defense.