Shiite shrine bombed by ISIL in Syria’s Raqqa

Shiite Uwais al-Qarni shrine after being bombed by ISIL in Syria's Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey– Al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bombed on Thursday the shrine of Uwais al-Qarni (a religious shrine of the Shiite Islamic sect) in Raqqa province, northeast Syria.

Faisal Khalif, a resident of Raqqa, confirmed to ARA News that the ISIL militants destroyed a part of the shrine’s building on March 26, “and it was fully destroyed at seven o’clock this morning, after filling it with explosives”.

Al-Qarni shrine, in addition to the Mosque of Ammar bin Yasir, were popular destination for pilgrims from Iran, Lebanon and Iraq, before ISIL taking control over the city one year ago.

In another context, the ISIL executed on Wednesday in the city of Tel Abyad/Girespi 4 fighters of the Raqqa Rebels Brigade, who were captured earlier on Tuesday during clashes in the southwestern countryside of the city.

Saman Kalo, media field activist, told ARA News that 14 members of the brigade (Raqqa Rebels) were reportedly captured in the surrounding villages of Ain Essa area during the withdrawal of the Brigade from its military basis.

“The ISIL also the military commander of the brigade,” Kalo reported.

Noteworthy, ISIL group dominated the city of Raqqa in March last year.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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