ISIS Attack against Askari Holy Shrine Fails to Cause Serious Damage

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SHAFAQNA- ISIS Takfiri terrorist group carried out a rocket attack against al-Askari holy shrine in the city of Samarra, Iraq’s Salahuddin province.

The attack on Saturday failed to cause any serious damage, Mahmoud Khalaf, governor of Samarra said, the Eram News website reported.
The rocket landed near a hotel far from the holy shrine.
The Iraqi army said all those behind the attack have been killed in an operation.
It came a day before the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hassan Askari (AS), one of the two Shia Imams whose shrines are in Samarra.
Shia Muslims from different parts of Iraq and other countries make pilgrimage trips to the city to mark the occasion.
A number of Iraqi popular forces are in Samarra to defend the city against ISIS.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh mounted an offensive, which followed committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians.
The Iraqi army together with fighters from the Popular Mobilization units has been engaged in operations to liberate the militant-held regions.

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