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Muslim shrines destroyed

October 2012

Muslim shrines destroyed

Hard-line Islamist Wahhabi factions have destroyed historic Sufi sites across Libya in a wave of sectarian violence.
    According to reports from Al-Jazeera, the Libyan interim interior minister, Fawzi Abdel-Al, resigned after members of the newly-elected parliament accused his ministry of not doing enough to stop attackers who bulldozed a Sufi shrine and mosque.
    Some 17 people had been arrested in connection with the desecration of the Sufi mosque, which contained Sufi Muslim graves, in the centre of Tripoli. Sufi shrines in the city of Zlitan were also wrecked and a mosque library burned.
    Reports from the ground called it a ‘tragic 48 hours here in Libya’, in which the country’s heritage has undergone ‘systematically premeditated and meticulously planned destruction’.


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