In pictures: Isis destroys Iraq shrines

 Al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul.

Images posted on social media appear to show the destruction of about a dozen places of worship across northern Iraq, in areas recently taken over by extremist militants.

 Al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul.

Some images showed the al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul.

Tomb of the girl in Mosul

Militants used a bulldozer to destroy a shrine known as the "Girl's Tomb" in Mosul.

Tomb of the girl in Mosul

They believe giving special veneration to graves and relics is against the teachings of Islam.

 Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar

Militants also destroyed the Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar, approximately 50 km (35 miles) west of Mosul.

 Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar

The militants, believed to belong to Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), are also reported to have attacked churches in Mosul.

Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in the Mahlabiya district near Tal Afar

More images showed the Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in the Mahlabiya district near Tal Afar being attacked with a bulldozer.

Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in the Mahlabiya district near Tal Afar

The militants have attacked Shia and Sunni shrines alike, and have vowed to continue destroying places of worship which they do not approve of.

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