The extremist Mohammedans governing in northern Mali have begun to destroy the still remaining mausoleums of islamic saints. “In Timbuktu not one single mausoleum will remain, Allah doesn’t like that,” Abu Dardar, a leader of the militant Ansar Dine islamic group, said Sunday to the AFP news agency. Hidden mausoleums were sought out and destroyed.
Mohammed Alful, a representative of “Al Qaeda in islamic Maghreb” (AQMI) that governs with Ansar Dina in Mali’s northern region, defended the action by saying that a person can worship only Allah and can honor no saints. Back in July and October, the Islam sect destroyed several mausoleums.
The destruction of the burial sites, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, is also a reaction to the UN resolution to send peace troops to Mali. (This was reported by the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper. Here is another link on BBC! Thanks to Elfie for the tip!)