Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Historic mosque destroyed in Iraq

People inspect the destroyed Mosque of the Prophet Jirjis in central Mosul, Iraq (AP)

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say militants with the Islamic State group have destroyed another historic mosque and shrine.

Mosul residents said the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine was bombed by Islamic State militants late on Sunday, becoming the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of Mosul's most revered holy places destroyed.

The Islamic State group launched an aggressive offensive through western and northern Iraq beginning late last year and took over Mosul in June.

Among the mosques destroyed in Mosul last week were the Mosque of the Prophet Sheeth and the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah.

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