SHAFAQNA – The ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq’s northern city of Tikrit have blown up a holy shrine that was the burial site of dozens of early Muslim figures. Local people, who have fled the city, say al-Arbain Mosque was completely destroyed on Wednesday.
“Yes, they have blown up this holy site,” Yahya al-Attawi, the imam of the main mosque in Tikrit, said on Thursday.
Witnesses say the terrorists first placed the explosives inside the shrine on Tuesday and then detonated them the next day.
The Takfiri extremists also planted explosive materials inside a very old church in Tikrit.
The Green Church, which has been carved out of a rock, dates back to the seventh century.
The unique building is likely to be blown up in the coming days. Tikrit has been under the ISIL control for several months.
The Takfiri militants have demolished several holy shrines and mosques belonging to Shia and Sunni Muslims as well as Christian sites in the militancy-riddled regions of Iraq and Syria.
The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people.
Senior Iraqi and Syria officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and some other Persian Gulf Arab states for the terrorism in their country.