Islamic militants destroy sacred Iraqi shrine

BY Frank Carlson  July 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM EST

IS demolished a sacred mosque in Mosul, Iraq on Thursday

Islamic militants in Mosul, Iraq on Thursday blew up a sacred mosque that was considered the final resting place of the Prophet Jonah.

Since June, Mosul has been under control of IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has been systematically destroying shrines and artifacts it deems idolotrous. Today the group also ordered women in the northern city to cover their faces in public and wear modest clothing, avoiding patterns and bright colors.

Agence France-Press reports that after clearing the building yesterday, militants spent an hour rigging the mosque with explosives before detonating the charges in front of a crowd.

The Prophet Younis Mosque and Shrine, also known as the Nabi Yunus shrine, was built on a site dating back to the 8th century BC and was revered by both Muslims and Christians.

The Washington Post points out that with no sign of IS’s power diminishing, it’s unclear when this destruction of historical, religious and cultural artifacts will end.