A newly released video shows al-Qaida-linked jihadists bulldozing a shrine dedicated to the biblical patriarch Abraham in a city in eastern Syria.
Worldwide, there have been dozens of instances over the past few months of Muslims attacking and destroying shrines, holy sites or archeologically significant locations, including in Mali, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya and Somalia.
It shows a man throwing an explosive and then declaring, “The heresies that were worshiped besides Allah have been burnt.”
Repeated many times is the cry of “Allahu akbar.”
Then another man states: “The [secret expeditions] will start the destruction of the shrine” and “the idol is being destroyed.”
A report from the Alalam website explained the attackers were al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists. The group has allied itself with the opposition in Syria fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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