Photo from VOI, statue was in central Basra
Basra, Jul 29, (VOI) – Unidentified gunmen blew up the Lion of Babylon statue in central Basra during the early hours of Sunday, eyewitnesses said.”An explosive charge was planted under the statue, completely destroying it the historical monument in Basra,” an eyewitness told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The statue, one of the historical landmarks in Basra, 590 km south of Baghdad, was built in the 1920s and symbolized the Babylonian civilization.
The Lion of Babylon, large and splendidly carved in basalt, is reminiscent of the legend that the lion was the symbol of the goddess Ishtar, the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love, fertility, and war. In the sculpture, the lion’s back has marks indicating that it was meant for a precious saddle upon which the goddess Ishtar would stand.
Also Reported later:
Baghdad – The tomb of the prophet Daniel was destroyed Sunday in Baquba, the provincial capital of Diyala, a police source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. “Unidentified individuals planted a load of high explosives around the tomb of the prophet Daniel in al-Wajihiya area, thus destroying it completely and razing it to the ground,” the source said.
The attack was carried out by gunmen, who later attacked residents of a nearby village, killing five and kidnapping at least 13 others, the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) reported.