It's the latest in a string of incidents in which radicals have destroyed historic and religious sites under the guise of defending religious tenets.
Late Monday, masked men burned down a 500-year-old Sufi mausoleum in Tunisia, and Salafis were suspected in the attack.
"Hardline Muslims known as Salafis oppose the veneration of saints, a long-standing North African tradition, saying it undermines the Islamic belief in monotheism," the AP reported.
A recent report by Washington Post foreign correspondents detailed the rise of the Salafists following the Arab Spring. As moderate Islamist leaders have taken office in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, "the Salafists are pushing — sometimes at the ballot box, sometimes at the point of a gun — to create societies that more closely mirror their ultraconservative religious beliefs and lifestyles."
“They say that the people do not want sharia,” Gamel Saber, a back-slapping Salafist activist who said he dreams of a day when his country’s courts will fully implement Islamic law, told The Post. “But that is not true. They are ready.”