May 5th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Rebels burn Timbuktu tomb listed as U.N. World Heritage site

Elderly men were keeping watch Saturday over Timbuktu's main library after Islamists burned down a tomb listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The attacks Friday were blamed on Ansar Dine, a militant group that seeks to impose strict Sharia law.

The ancient city in Mali was captured by at least two separatist Tuareg rebel groups in an anti-government uprising in the northern part of the country that began in January.

The rebels burned the tomb of a Sufi saint where people come to pray, said Sankoum Sissoko, a tour guide familiar with the place. He said the library and other heritage sites remained under threat.

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soundoff (109 Responses)

    What's the big deal about heritage sites?
    We tore the heck out of the site of Babylon with earth moving equipment without a thought other than to destroy Iraqs heritage ( Good sych warfare if you are plan on owning in perpetuity), and dug down then built up and. Overed all the dredgings over with concrete and asphalt.

    May 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Intan

    u dont need to diet, what u need is to exercise its more fun than diteing try badminton 1 hour /day all hit sessions, no games, just hard hitting ..youll love it .my nephew lost 40 lbs in 2 months doing this .

    July 14, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
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