MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Rudaw news agency, the terrorist group detonated several explosives in the church that was founded by the Dominican Order in 1872.
In February last year, the Daesh insurgents reportedly destroyed the clock on top of the church building, looting the entire contents of the church.
The Daesh has damaged multiple historic sites, as well as Christian and Muslim shrines and places of worship, after taking over the city in June 2014. The city has since served as the terror group’s stronghold.
Last week, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the United States would deploy additional 217 troops to Iraq to assist the local forces in the fight to retake the city of Mosul from the Daesh group, outlawed in many countries, including Russia.