Muslim rebels vow to smash every mausoleum in Timbuktu

via BBC News – Islamists vow to smash every mausoleum in Timbuktu.

Islamist rebels occupying the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali have vowed to smash every mausoleum, in the face of international protests.

A spokesman for the Ansar Dine group, Sanda Ould Boumama, said it would “destroy every mausoleum in the city – all of them, without exception”.

The centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints, revered by Sufi Muslims, are regarded as idolatrous by the group.

Six mausoleums have been reportedly been destroyed this weekend.

Three were smashed on Saturday, and a further three on Sunday, local sources told international news agencies.

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, described the destruction of the mausoleums as a “war crime”, the AFP news agency reported.

“My message to those involved in these criminal acts is clear: stop the destruction of the religious buildings now. This is a war crime which my office has authority to fully investigate,” she said, according to AFP.

Mali’s Culture and Tourism Minister, Diallo Fadima Toure, urged the UN to take action to stop “crimes” against her country’s architectural treasures.

Ansar Dine, which has ties to al-Qaeda, seized northern Mali in March, in tandem with ethnic Tuareg rebels.

However, the alliance between the two groups has frayed and the Islamists now say they control the territory after driving out their former allies.

‘Armed madmen’

Another spokesman for Ansar Dine, Oumar Ould Hamaha, told Reuters news agency by phone: “We are subject to religion and not to international opinion

“Building on graves is contrary to Islam. We are destroying the mausoleums because it is ordained by our religion.”

The Muslim world either can’t stop them or chooses not to.

  • Added to Unesco world heritage list in 1988 for its three large mosques and 16 cemeteries and mausoleums
  • Unesco says they played a major role in spreading Islam in West Africa; the oldest dates from 1329

8 Responses

  1. When islam destroyed the Bhuddist statues in Afganastan the world should have risen up to eradiacate islam from the world. They forfited their right to exist in civilization.

    When will the media report the destruction of the last Christian church in America by the muslim brotherhood.?????????????

  2. The centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints, revered by Sufi Muslims, are regarded as idolatrous by the group.
    ——
    They are right — there is no such thing as an Islamic saint. At least they are destroying thier own crap.

  3. Sad life when all you want to do is kill and destroy. For what?

  4. Nothing but a sick bunch of CAMEL CRAP that needs to be eradicated from the face of the EARTH!!! LOCK AND LOAD.

  5. What are the coordinates for Mecca and Medina again? I seem to have misplaced them. So many Mosques, so few drones. If they can attack Christians during Sunday services it’s only fair that the favor be returned.

  6. They are nothing but a path of destruction to whatever land they invade. They destroy their own land and people. They know nothing but murder and destruction. They contaminate everything they touch. I cannot think of one blessing they bring to the face of the earth. I cannot think of anything they do well to any degree except they are excellent at blowing people up! The only good thing they do for humanity is BLOW THEMSELVES UP! Just do not stand next to them or get in a car with them! You would not want to see their finest talents
    firsthand!

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