Gotta love their reasoning, because “Allah doesn’t like it.”
Via Egypt Independent:
Armed groups occupying Timbuktu in northern Mali used pickaxes on Sunday to smash up any remaining mausoleums in the ancient city, an Islamist leader said.
The rebels’ ruthless implementation of their version of Islamic law comes after the United Nations approved a military force to wrest back control of the conflict-ridden area.
“Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu, Allah doesn’t like it,” Ansar Dine leader Abou Dardar told AFP. “We are in the process of smashing all the hidden mausoleums in the area.”
Witnesses confirmed the claims, which were also backed by a resident who said he belongs to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), another militant group occupying the fabled city since a March coup plunged the west African state into chaos.
Anything that doesn’t fall under Islam “is not good. Man should only worship Allah,” Mohamed al-Foul said of the mausoleums that armed Islamists consider blasphemous.
The vandalism of the Muslim saints’ tombs in the UNESCO World Heritage site followed a day after other Islamists in the northern city of Gao announced they had amputated two people’s hands.