BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the biblical Prophet Jonah.
The residents say the Islamic State militants, who overran Mosul in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the city, ordered everyone out of the Prophet Younis Mosque and Shrine on Thursday, then blew it up..
The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC. It was renovated in the 1990’s under Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
In Washington, for the second time this week, Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf accused the Islamic militants of committing genocide against Mosul’s Christians. Virtually all of the city’s ancient Christian community has fled to Iraq’s Kurdish region after being threatened with death if they refused to convert to Islam.
Mosque as seen Saturday
Mosque as seen Thursday
VIDEO: Mosque blown up