Four years on the hope of Libya’s revolution lies in ashes

IS Militants burn confiscated musical instruments in Barqa

In a photo report posted online today, Libyan Islamic State militants can be seen setting fire to confiscated musical instruments in the Libyan region of Cyrenaica. In recent months Islamist extremist groups affiliated with IS have seized swathes of territory across the country implementing their radical interpretation of Islamic doctrine in areas under their control. Some of these interpretations include bans on smoking and musical instruments. The burning of seized musical instruments comes just days after Libyan Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts that had been kidnapped by the group.

Forces from Libya’s new regime fight Gaddafi troops in Sirte as one of their comrades plays the guitar on 10 October, 2011. (Photo credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images).

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