Islamists destroying Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali

BAMAKO — Islamist rebels in northern Mali took hoes and chisels to the tombs of ancient Muslim saints in the city of Timbuktu for a second day, ignoring international pleas to halt their campaign of destruction.

A local journalist said dozens of Islamists had swarmed the cemetery of Djingareyber in the south of the ancient trading city, a World Heritage Site.

“They are near the mausoleum of Cheikh el-Kebir, they are busy destroying it,” the journalist told AFP condition of anonymity.

He said the men had circled the cemetery clasping “tools” such as chisels and hoes, but did not have construction vehicles that were used in Saturday’s rampage.

“They cried “Allahu Akbar (God is Great). They said they were going to destroy the tombs,” he added.

The cemetery houses at least three ancient tombs and is situated in the south of Timbuktu in the suburb of the eponymous Djingareyber mosque built in 1327.

Islamist militants who have occupied northern Mali for the past three months since a March coup in Bamako and are enforcing strict sharia law, destroyed at least three ancient tombs of Muslim saints with pick-axes on Saturday.

The action followed the UN’s cultural body UNESCO’s decision on Thursday to list the city as an endangered site because of the continuing violence in northern Mali and in the wake of an attack on a 15th century tomb in May.

Islamists regard shrines as idolatrous.

“God is unique. All of this is haram (forbidden in Islam). We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?” a spokesman for Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) said on Saturday.

Mali’s Culture and Tourism Minister Diallo Fadima Toure on Sunday urged the UN to take action to preserve her coutnry’s heritage.

“Mali exhorts the UN to take concrete steps to stop these crimes against the cultural heritage of my people,” Toure told UNESCO’s annual meeting in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.

AFP

  • Moe2000

    WAHHABI TERRORISTS FUNDED BY SAUDI ARABIA….

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      dont forget about the US…

  • Moe2000

    WAHHABI TERRORISTS FUNDED BY SAUDI ARABIA….

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      dont forget about the US…

  • Moe2000

     Saudi Wahhabi killers spreading there vile ideology created in the late
    18th century… They fund the Wahhabi doctrine to be spread from
    Pakistan to Iraq and Africa…. They already started with Syria…. They
    kill there fellow Muslims imagine what they will do to Christians?

  • Moe2000

     Saudi Wahhabi killers spreading there vile ideology created in the late
    18th century… They fund the Wahhabi doctrine to be spread from
    Pakistan to Iraq and Africa…. They already started with Syria…. They
    kill there fellow Muslims imagine what they will do to Christians?

  • Moe2000

    This is why we Muslims have never accomplished anything or ever built anything!!!! what do we make ? what have we invented.. We are too busy slaughtering… I am Muslim  but have to say these crazy Wahhabi’s got to go!!!! We need intelligence in Islam not barbarism sectarianism…. 

    • master09

      Well Moe2000 I can say you are a MAN AND who is not Brainwashed, Muslims are people just like anyone else and are GOOD. The young need a role model like you to show them how to use their intelligence for the good of mankind. Peace to you… 

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Lets halal butcher all wahabis, starting with the king of Mamlekat al-Yahudiya al-Arabiya!!!!

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Lets halal butcher all wahabis, starting with the king of Mamlekat al-Yahudiya al-Arabiya!!!!

  • Moe2000

    This is why we Muslims have never accomplished anything or ever built anything!!!! what do we make ? what have we invented.. We are too busy slaughtering… I am Muslim  but have to say these crazy Wahhabi’s got to go!!!! We need intelligence in Islam not barbarism sectarianism…. 

    • master09

      Well Moe2000 I can say you are a MAN AND who is not Brainwashed, Muslims are people just like anyone else and are GOOD. The young need a role model like you to show them how to use their intelligence for the good of mankind. Peace to you… 

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Lets halal butcher all wahabis, starting with the king of Mamlekat al-Yahudiya al-Arabiya!!!!

  • Patience2

    And there’s the ‘islamists’ for you!  Imagine a world run by ‘dog-sxxt’ like them.

  • Patience2

    And there’s the ‘islamists’ for you!  Imagine a world run by ‘dog-sxxt’ like them.

  • Fauzia45

    Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and religious fanaticism!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      “We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?”
      In their feebly educated minds and not knowing their own religion’s history, let alone ANY history, UNESCO is ‘western’ … so this is what they attack to show they hate ‘the west’ – or anything created by people who came before.
      Rather than admire the creativity of ‘man’, they simply destroy what they cannot imagine from before their own short lifetimes.
      One can hope there have been photographers visiting on occasion … for the real histories to be known.
      Imagine if all humanity destroyed anything it had ever made … but then, there wouldn’t be so many of us.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Except the US

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Except the US

  • Fauzia45

    Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and religious fanaticism!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      “We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?”
      In their feebly educated minds and not knowing their own religion’s history, let alone ANY history, UNESCO is ‘western’ … so this is what they attack to show they hate ‘the west’ – or anything created by people who came before.
      Rather than admire the creativity of ‘man’, they simply destroy what they cannot imagine from before their own short lifetimes.
      One can hope there have been photographers visiting on occasion … for the real histories to be known.
      Imagine if all humanity destroyed anything it had ever made … but then, there wouldn’t be so many of us.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Except the US

  • 5thDrawer

    By the way, it seems there are no more than a couple hundred of this particular brain-dead group. If anyone could reach the damn place easily, they might consider an ‘expeditionary’ force .. Right?
    Maybe Nastyrallah could volunteer his warriors on this one … and Israel could fly him in. ??  We’re all in it together, right? 😉

  • 5thDrawer

    By the way, it seems there are no more than a couple hundred of this particular brain-dead group. If anyone could reach the damn place easily, they might consider an ‘expeditionary’ force .. Right?
    Maybe Nastyrallah could volunteer his warriors on this one … and Israel could fly him in. ??  We’re all in it together, right? 😉