Al ‘Askari Mosque or the ‘Askariyya Mosque/Shrine located in the Iraqi city of Samarra 125 km (78 mi) from Baghdad. The remains of the 10th and 11th Imams, IMAM Ali Naqi A.S. and his son IMAM Hasan Askari A.S., known as: al-‘Askariyyain (“the two ‘Askaris”), rest at the shrine. Also buried within the Mosque are: Hakimah Khatun, sister of ‘Imam Ali Naqi A.S. and Narjis Khatun, the mother of 12th Imam Mu?ammad al-Mahdi A.S.. Adjacent to this shrine is another mosque, built over the location where the 12th Imam, Mu?ammad al-Mahdi A.S. first entered the Minor Occultation.The ‘Askariyya Shrine is also known as the “Tomb or Mausoleum of the Two Imams”, “the Tomb of Imams ‘Ali al-Hadi and Hasan al-‘Askari” and “al-Hadhratu l-‘Askariyya”.
- 2006 Attack: On February 22, 2006, at 6:55 a.m. local time explosions occurred at the mosque, effectively destroying its golden dome and severely damaging the mosque. Several men belonging to Iraqi Sunni insurgent groups affiliated with Al-Qaida, one wearing a military uniform, had earlier entered the mosque, tied up the guards there and set explosives, resulting in the blast. Two bombs were set off by five to seven men dressed as personnel of the Iraqi Special forces who entered the shrine during the morning.
- 2007 Attack: At around 8 a.m. on 13 June 2007, operatives belonging to al-Qaeda destroyed the two remaining 36 m (118 ft)-high golden minarets flanking the dome’s ruins. No fatalities were reported. Iraqi police have reported hearing “two nearly simultaneous explosions coming from inside the mosque compound at around 8 a.m.” A report from state run Iraqiya Television stated that “local officials said that two mortar rounds were fired at the two minarets.” The remaining clock tower was also destroyed in July 2007
- 2009 update: As of April 2009, the golden dome and the minarets have been restored and the shrine reopened to visitors.