Islamist rebels torch Timbuktu manuscript library: mayor
Islamist fighters fleeing Mali's ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu as French and Malian troops closed in set fire to a South African-funded library there containing thousands of priceless manuscripts, the city's mayor said on Monday.
The Ahmed Baba Institute, one of several libraries and collections in the city containing fragile ancient documents dating back to the 13th century, is named after a Timbuktu-born contemporary of William Shakespeare and houses more than 20,000 scholarly manuscripts. Some were stored in underground vaults.
Fighters from the Islamist alliance in north Mali, which groups AQIM with Malian Islamist group Ansar Dine and AQIM splinter MUJWA, had also destroyed ancient shrines sacred to moderate Sufi Moslems, provoking international outrage.
I have no words for these willful idiots — the followers of the false prophet, idolaters. They need to be bombed back into the stone age. Oh wait. They are already there.
They are contemptible and pathetic — they have no culture, no love. Only fear and hate.Posted by DaveH at January 28, 2013 06:40 PM