Syria: Sunni extremists blow up Shiite mosque

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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 7:01 am | Updated: 9:05 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian activists say Sunni extremists have blown up a Shiite mosque in eastern Syria in yet another sign of the sectarian hatred growing in the country's civil war.

In amateur videos, fighters walk into the mosque in Hatla and trample on books — some with covers showing pictures of Shiite clerics. It then shows an explosion bringing down the building, but its dome remains intact.

Last week, rebels stormed Hatla and battled pro-regime militiamen, killing more than 60 Shiite fighters and civilians according to activists.

The video appeared genuine and corresponded with other Associated Press reporting from the area.

Rami Abdurrahman, founder of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Sunday that the attack was carried out Friday by al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria and Iraq.

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