Shiite mosque blown up in Tal Afar by the Islamic State. Photo: ISIS media
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Islamic State (IS) militants blew up the St. George's Church and a nunnery in the city of Mosul on Monday, local sources aid.
A resident of Mosul told Rudaw that cries of Allahu Akbar ‘God is Great’ rose from many mosques in the city as Islamist militants blew up the church located in one of Mosul’s Arab neighborhoods.
Since its takeover of Mosul in June, the ISIS has blown up a number of churches, Shiite mosques and other ancient sites, including the shrine of Prophet Jonah.
Saad Mamuzin, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) 14th branch in Mosul believes that the latest bombings are the group’s revenge for their defeat on the battleground.
“The organization (ISIS) has once again turned to bombing churches and mosques after it lost popularity and many of its members to the airstrikes that have targeted strongholds in different areas of the city.”
The extremist group has also blown up Yezidi and Kakei shrines outside the city as thousands of Yezidi and Christians have fled their homes to the Kurdistan Region.