Salafists destroy ancient carvings in Morocco

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Olga Khazan
washingtonpost.com
October 18, 2012

Hardline Muslims who adhere to an interpretation of Islam that forbids idolatry have destroyed 8,000-year-old stone carvings in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains.

“One of the carvings, called ‘the plaque of the sun,’ predates the arrival of the Phoenicians in Morocco,” Aboubakr Anghir, a member of the Amazigh (Berber) League for Human Rights, told AFP.

It’s the latest in a string of incidents in which radicals have destroyed historic and religious sites under the guise of defending religious tenets.

Late Monday, masked men burned down a 500-year-old Sufi mausoleum in Tunisia, and Salafis were suspected in the attack.

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