Islamist militants destroy Sufi shrine in eastern Syria: Activists
AMMAN (Reuters) - A Sufi Muslim shrine was blown up in eastern Syria on Sunday, opposition activists said, blaming Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants who have joined in the increasingly sectarian civil war.
Militants placed explosives at the shrine of Sheikh Eissa Abdelqader al-Rifaiy in the rebel-held town of Busaira, 45km east of the provincial capital of Deir al-Zor, and detonated them on Sunday morning, they said.
The activists contacted by Reuters said they suspected Al-Qaeda-linked fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were behind the explosion.
"The Islamic State has a base outside the town. The ease by which they got to the shrine indicates that their presence is growing," activist Abu al-Tayyeb al-Deiri said from Deir al-Zor.