Thousands of ancient and irreplaceable manuscripts were burned by Isis fighters after militants raided Mosul library in Iraq.
One Mosul library official believes that up to 112,000 books were destroyed – spanning centuries of learning, and including books registered on a UNESCO rarities list.
Library director director Ghanim al-Ta’an said that militants took the books away in bags, then destroyed the library using explosives.
‘These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,’ a bearded militant told residents, according to local sources.