From The Telegraph:
Islamic State jihadists have blown up one of Mosul’s best known remaining churches, known as the Clock Church after its tower, according to Iraqi news reports. The clock tower was paid for by Empress Eugenie of France, wife of the last Emperor Napoleon III, as a gift to the Dominican Fathers who were building the church in the 1870s. It gave its name to the neighborhood around it, al-Saa – and overlooked it to the extent that the Dominican monks had to promise residents they would not climb the tower and peep down on residents sleeping on their roofs in the boiling summer months. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant made no statement about the destruction, and it was not clear why it should happen now. They damaged and destroyed various historic sites and Christian and Muslim shrines and places of worship within a few weeks of taking over the city in June 2014. But according to a number of outlets, the jihadist planted a number of explosives under it and detonated it on Monday morning.