Prophet Jonah’s burial site destroyed by militants

Islamic militants have blown up a shrine traditionally regarded as the burial place of the Old Testament prophet Jonah.

ISIS militants ordered everyone out of the mosque of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) in Mosul in Iraq on July 24, before blowing it up.

The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to the eighth century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Qur’an is swallowed by a sea creature.

It was a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.

The militants claimed the mosque had become a place for apostasy, not prayer.

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