Islamic State militants bomb Shiite shrines, Assyrian monastery in Mosul

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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Thursday, Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants bombed a number of Shiite mosques and shrines in the district of Hamdania, southeast of Mosul.
Also on Thursday, the radical group destroyed the monastery of “Martyrs Mar Behnam and Sarah Mar”, southeast of Mosul, which dates back to the 4th century AD.

Several civilian sources in the city of Mosul told ARA News on the condition of anonymity that IS members had moved the entire contents of the Shiite mosques and shrines and warned the residents of the nearby neighborhoods to contribute to the destruction.

The monastery of “Martyrs Mar Behnam and Sarah Mar” is a Syriac Catholic monastery located in Nineveh province in the northwestern suburb of Mosul. The monastery has been associated with the story of the Assyrian Prince Mar Behnam, who converted to Christianity with his sister Sarah.

Over the past few months the Islamic State had bombed a number of mosques in Mosul under the pretext of the existence of infidels’ shrines—after looting the ancient contents.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News