By Farah Waleed.
The Al-Andlusi mausoleum . . .[restrict]in Tajura area, one of the major Sufi shrines in Libya, was destroyed early this morning, Thursday, in a bomb attack that is being blamed on Salafists.
An eye-witness, who was at work nearby, told the Libya Herald that he heard three “very loud” explosions around 4 am. He said that he did not see any one near the shrine at the time of the bombing.
The shrine, on a prominent knoll on the Beach Road some 15 kilometres east of Tripoli, is protected under the law as a national monument.
Sadat Badri, head of Tripoli Local Council,told the Libya Herald that the people of Tajra and Tripoli were shocked and “distressed of this criminal act”.
There would be consequences for those responsible, he said. Libya would show the world that it is a state of law and peace, he noted, adding that the police had began an investigation and were inspecting the site of the incident,
Tripoli Local Council would have to develop a security plan in cooperation with the competent authorities to protect such important historical site in Tripoli, he said.
The Al-Andalusi shrine dates back more than 500 years and is named after Sidi Mohamed al-Andalusi who was born in 1490.