A building housing tens of thousands of manuscripts from the ancient Muslim world and Greece was set aflame, raising fears of further damage to the country’s cultural heritage after months of destruction by radical Islamists.
French paratroopers swooped in to try to block fleeing hardliners as ground troops coming from the south seized the airport of Timbuktu, which has been a bastion of the extremists controlling the north for 10 months.
- Mali: Timbuktu mayor says Islamists burned texts (cnsnews.com)
- Islamist militants in Mali burn library of ancient scrolls (foxnews.com)
- Mali rebels fleeing Timbuktu burn library full of ancient manuscripts (guardian.co.uk)
- Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamist burn ancient scrolls (telegraph.co.uk)
- French, Malian troops hunt fleeing rebels in Timbuktu – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Ancient Timbuktu Manuscripts, 1 in Hebrew, Torched by Islamists (israelnationalnews.com)
- Mali Rebels Torch Priceless Ancient Manuscripts Before Fleeing Timbuktu (theatlanticwire.com)
- Mali: Timbuktu mayor says Islamists burned texts (sfgate.com)
- Timbuktu mayor says Islamists burned texts (news.smh.com.au)
- French-led troops surround fabled Timbuktu (abc.net.au)