TRIPOLI, Aug 25, 2012 (AFP) -
TRIPOLI, Aug 25, 2012 (AFP) –
Islamist hardliners bulldozed part of a revered mausoleum in Tripoli early on Saturday in the second such attack in Libya in two days, an AFP correspondent reported.
The radicals used an excavator to demolish part of the mausoleum of Al-Shaab Al-Dahman, close to the centre of the Libyan capital, the correspondent said.
It was the second such assault on a Muslim pilgrimage site in as many days.
On Friday, hardliners blew up the mausoleum of Sheikh Abdessalem al-Asmar in Zliten, 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Tripoli, a town which was rocked by deadly clashes earlier this week.
A video posted on social networking sites purported to show the building being blown up to cries of “Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)”.
Hardline Sunni Islamists are implacably opposed to the veneration of tombs of revered Muslim figures, saying that such devotion should be reserved for God alone.
There are conflicting reports as to what triggered this week’s clashes in Zliten, with some saying they were the result of a tribal vendetta and others that they pitted Islamists bent on destroying the shrine against other residents seeking to protect it.
The violence, which left at least three people dead and scores wounded, is on the agenda of the ruling national congress, which has requested a security briefing from the interior minister.