Hamo Mosque in Mosul. Photo Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – ISIS militants have used explosives to demolish a much-loved 19th century mosque in Mosul city, deeming it sacrilegious, a Kurdish official has said.
“Last night ISIS militants blew up the Hamo Mosque at the city center of Mosul. It was the shrine of some revered clerics and local residents used to visit it every Thursdays and Friday,” Saeed Mamuzini, a Kurdistan Democratic Party official in Mosul, told Rudaw on Friday.
In the Islamic State’s brand of radical Islam shrines such as Hamo Mosque are believed to contradict with sharia law.
Hamo Mosque, officially named Mosque of Abdulla Ibn Chalabi Ibn Abdul-Qadir, was built under the Ottoman Empire in 1881, according to Mamuzini.