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(CNN) -- If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment Jonah's tomb in Mosul, Iraq, explodes.
The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. There's a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke.
CNN could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted to YouTube.
The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions.
Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.
originally posted by: Djarums
The mosques and churches in Iraq are so old. They have relics in them that are so historic.
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: demus
This pretty much puts these guys solidly on my bad list, most of the time I can see both sides, but these are radical Islamic terrorists destroying churches and mosques, it sounds pretty destructive, like chaotic evil harbingers of death or something. And they do it while spreading the word of God, to top it all off.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
Why would they wish to destroy such a site? What are they going to do next, nuke Mecca? I fail entirely to understand the motivation for this sort of action. Surely blowing the place up, destroying all the ancient relics and architecture, is counter productive to their stated cause?