Islamic militants burn UNESCO World Heritage Site

Published on May 7th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks


An Islamic militant group with ties to al-Qaeda have burned a saints tomb in Timbuktu.

Witnesses who went to pray at the tomb before the weekend said that a member of the Ansar Dine group on Friday tore off the doors of the tomb and set fire to it.

“A new member of the Ansar Dine group came to Timbuktu and went to the tomb of Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar on Friday to tell the faithful praying there that the saints should not be adored,” Sanda Ould Boumama, spokesman for Ansar Dine, said yesterday.

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