May 06, 2012
Arab Spring! African Taliban Destroy Sufi Holy Shrines in Timbuktu
Bamako, Mali (CNN) -- Elderly men were keeping watch Saturday over Timbuktu's main library after Islamists burned a tomb listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.There they go again.
The attacks Friday were blamed on Ansar Dine, a militant group that seeks to impose strict Sharia law.
"They attacked the grave, broke the doors and windows and ripped and burned pieces of white clothing that surrounded the tomb of the saint in front of everyone," said Haidara, who is from the central Mali city. "With their attack, the militants touched the heart of Timbuktu. They picked Friday because they know many people visit the shrines on this day."