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July 2, 2012 2:56 pm

Islamist Rebels Destroy Mali Historical Sites in Timbuktu

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Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu. Photo: Radio Raheem.

LA Times – Islamist rebels who have seized control of norther Mali used axes, shovels and automatic weapons to destroy tombs and other cultural and religious monuments for a third day on Monday, including bashing in the door of a 15th century mosque in Timbuktu, news agencies reported.

Rebels of the Ansar Dine faction fighting to assert Sharia law over the African nation at the crossroads of ancient trade routes ignored the appeals of United Nations officials over the weekend to cease the “wanton destruction” of the region’s cultural heritage.

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