Egyptian security authorities are taking seriously threats by a radical Salafist
jihadist leader to demolish the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza, the
Egyptian press reported on Monday.
Murgan Salem al-Gohary told Egypt’s
privately-owned Dream TV2 channel over the weekend that the Sphinx and pyramids
are “idolatrous” and must be destroyed, Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm
The newspaper said Gohary is a jihadist leader with links to
the Taliban and that he had previously helped smash Buddha statues in
Afghanistan ten years ago.
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