A hardline religious group occupying northern Mali has destroyed 15th-century mausoleums of Sufi Muslim saints in Timbuktu and have threatened to demolish the remaining 13 UNESCO world heritage sites in the fabled city, witnesses have said.
”They have already completely destroyed the mausoleum of Sidi Mahmoud (Ben Amar) and two others. They said they would continue all day and destroy all 16,” … a local Malian journalist, said ….
”Ansar Dine will today destroy every mausoleum in the city. All of them, without exception,” Sanda Ould Boumama, the group’s spokesman, told AFP news agency ….
”God is unique. All of this is haram (or forbidden in Islam). We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?” he said, declaring that Ansar Dine was acting ”in the name of God”.
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