Mali Islamists to continue destroying heritage sites
A spokesman for an Islamist group says they plan to destroy historic Unesco World Heritage sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu before implementing strict Shariah law.
Ansar Dine spokesman Sanda Abu Mohamed said Sunday that Islamists will continue the destruction they started Saturday.
Mali's government said in a statement that they condemn the destruction of the centuries-old Muslim saints' tombs. They say the destruction is akin to "war crimes" and that they will prosecute at a national and international level.
Islamist fighters from the Ansar Dine group have declared that they now control the northern half of Mali after driving out an ethnic Tuareg separatist group. The rebel groups took advantage of a power vacuum created by a March coup in the capital to seize ground in the north.