July 10, 2012
Armed with hoes, pick-axes and chisels, members of Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) hammered away at the two earthen tombs until they were completely destroyed, witnesses told AFP.
“Currently the Islamists are busy destroying two tombs of Timbuktu’s great Djinguereber mosque. They are shooting in the air to chase away the crowd, to scare them,” one witness said earlier as the rampage began.
“The two mausolea are adjacent to the western wall of the great mosque and the Islamists have hoes, chisels, they are hitting the mausolea which are made out of packed earth,” said a source close to the mosque’s imam.