Turkey condemns attack on Ottoman mosque in Libya

The Turkşsh Foreign Ministry: "We condemn this attack on this sacred place, which is one of the significant symbols of centuries-long strong historical and cultural ties between the peoples of Turkey and Libya."

Turkey condemns attack on Ottoman mosque in Libya

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday condemning a bomb attack on an Ottoman-era mosque located in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

"We condemn this attack on this sacred place, which is one of the significant symbols of centuries-long strong historical and cultural ties between the peoples of Turkey and Libya," the statement said.

Wednesday's attack on the Murad Agha Mosque in Tripoli's district Tajura damaged the building, causing the shrine it contains to collapse.

The ministry asked that the perpetrators of the attack be brought justice, adding that they would maintain cooperation with the Libyan government to preserve historical sites.

Earlier on Wednesday, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan denounced what he called "a terrorist attack that insults Libyans and their history."

Head of Tripoli's Historic Towns Agency, Hossam Bash Imam, said the mosque and the shrine represented one of Libya's most important historic sites.

Murad Agha Mosque was built in 1551 by Murad Agha, the first Ottoman leader of Libya, who was subsequently buried in it.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 10:15
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