On Tuesday, one of Algeria's most important monuments was vandalized by a Salafist ... yet again

In a video posted online, the man can be seen cutting the face and chest of the historic statue, Ain El Fouara, located in the heart of the Algerian city of Setif.  

Mohamed Touiri, the city's communication director, said the man is a member of the Salafi movement, an ultra-conservative reform group within Sunni Islam.

The suspect has been detained and is expected to undergo a mental exam, according to The Washington Post. 

The statue, situated on top of a fountain built in 1898 by French sculptor Francis de Saint-Vidal, has previously sparked debate in the country.

Culture Minister Azzedine Mihoubi suggested that the man is the same one who vandalized the statue in 2017.

In Dec. 2017, a man attacked and damaged the monument, which was restored by authorities soon after.

The man had explained that the reasons behind the attack were religious, but were deemed completely inexcusable by the country's culture minister.

On other occasions, in 2006 and 1997, the statue was also hammered and bombed (respectively) but was restored every time. 

People on social media couldn't help but mock the incident

"The man tried to destroy the statue using the same techniques as Russian-Muslim mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov during UFC 229 event."

"The perfect solution"

Do you spot the similarities?