Kobane: ISIS militants destroy mosques and shrines before withdrawal

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Kurds celebrate Kobane liberation. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – Before withdrawing from the town of Sheran in southeastern Kobane, gunmen of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) reportedly demolished mosques and bombed a shrine aside from destroying most residential buildings in the center of the Kurdish town. 

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Mustafa Abdi, the director of Radio ARTA.FM who was able to get access to the eastern areas of the city, said that the shrine of Sheikh Srouji, which dates back to hundreds of years in the town Sheran was completely destroyed by the IS extremists. 

“They bombed the shrine before their expulsion by the Kurdish forces from the town,” he added.

In the meantime, Kurdish sources reported that the mosque and shrine of the village of Korpinkar in southeastern Kobane had been blown up as well, in a move described by observers as a “hostile act” against the Islamic religion and places of worship. 

Previously, the IS militants destroyed most of the mosques and shrines in central Kobane, including the shrine and the historic statue of Sheikh Bob.

The city of Kobane as well as major areas in its countryside were announced liberated from IS radicals after fierce fighting with the Kurdish forces and allied Syrian rebels as well as airstrikes by the U.S.-led international coalition against the extremist group. 

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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