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Taliban bomb Batikot shrine, damage mosque

Taliban bomb Batikot shrine, damage mosque

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Feb 03, 2015 - 12:28

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Suspected militants have blown up an ancient mausoleum, damaging a nearby mosqueinfo-icon in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday.

Haji Ghalib, the district’s administrative head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the overnight attack on the Akhundzada Musa Babaji shrine happened in Shashkhel area.

A mosque near the tomb was also damaged, Ghalib said, blaming the Wahabi Talibaninfo-icon for bombing the shrine. The authorities plan to conduct an operation against the Wahabi militants in the area.

Habibullah, a tribal elder from Batikot, verified the shrine bombing. “The mausoleum was 200 years old.” He said people from Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon often visited the mausoleum.

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