By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 22 December 2015:
A Sufi shrine at the central Tripoli Bu Mishmasha cemetery was destroyed early this morning in a . . .[restrict]bomb explosion. No one was hurt.
It is not known if the attack, which occured before dawn, was carried out by Salafists or by supporters of Ansar Al-Sharia or the so-called Islamic State. All are violently opposed to such shrines.
Since the revolution, almost all the major Sufi shrines have been destroyed by militants. Only a few small ones remain.
The attack comes a day ahead of Mawlid Al-Nabi, the Prophet’s Birthday, and it is thought that the two may be connected. Salafists and militants are strongly opposed to it as well although, unlike previous years, there has been no call as yet from the Sharia Research and Studies in Tripoli for people to ignore it.
The festival is popular in Tripoli and for several days young people have been letting off fireworks to celebrate it.
This year, with Mawlid coinciding with Christmas, artificial decorative trees of the sort more usually associated with the Christian festival, are also selling well in the capital.
There has been no prohibition on them either. [/restrict]