(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

An Egyptian jihad leader, who claims to have ties to the Taliban, has called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids” during an interview with an Egyptian television channel. WJRT has more details.

“The jihadi sheik, along with the Taliban in Afghanistan, took responsibility for the destruction of centuries-old Buddha statues in 2001. He said the pyramids, much like the statues, are pagan idols that must be destroyed.”

Al Arabiya reports, Murgan Salem al-Gohary was twice sentenced by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence. The website quotes him as saying:

“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols … God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols … When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”

The Jerusalem Post reports, the Egyptian government is taking the threats seriously. It spoke with a security official who said authorities have: “‘...taken the necessary precautions to deal with any aggression’ against the pyramids and Sphinx. ‘They are a source of national income and they bring tourists to Egypt.’”

Jihadi Sheik Wants to Destroy Sphinx, Pyramids

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Nov 13, 2012

Jihadi Sheik Wants to Destroy Sphinx, Pyramids

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NATHAN GIANNINI

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

An Egyptian jihad leader, who claims to have ties to the Taliban, has called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids” during an interview with an Egyptian television channel. WJRT has more details.

“The jihadi sheik, along with the Taliban in Afghanistan, took responsibility for the destruction of centuries-old Buddha statues in 2001. He said the pyramids, much like the statues, are pagan idols that must be destroyed.”

Al Arabiya reports, Murgan Salem al-Gohary was twice sentenced by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence. The website quotes him as saying:

“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols … God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols … When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”

The Jerusalem Post reports, the Egyptian government is taking the threats seriously. It spoke with a security official who said authorities have: “‘...taken the necessary precautions to deal with any aggression’ against the pyramids and Sphinx. ‘They are a source of national income and they bring tourists to Egypt.’”

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