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.