Ancient Manuscripts in Timbuktu Damaged During Fighting
The Ahmed Baba Institute, an Islamic learning center in the town of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali, holds thousands of ancient drawings and writings from the Quran and everyday life in this point along a historic Saharan caravan route.
On Monday, Timbuktu's Mayor Ousmane Halle said from Mali's capital Bamako that he had gotten word Islamist fighters had torched the library as well as his office before retreating. The Malian army, backed by French forces, are working on driving back rebel forces from cities they had taken over last year.
| Anyone surprised by this? Anyone? Bueller?|
Posted by: Steve White 2013-01-29