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Mali Islamists destroy more holy Timbuktu sites
馬利伊斯蘭主義份子摧毀更多的廷巴克圖聖陵

Local residents restore ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2006.
馬利廷巴克圖城居民於二○○六年修復廷巴克圖城古陵墓。

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Al Qaeda-linked Mali Islamists armed with guns and pick-axes continued to destroy ancient mausoleums in the famed city of Timbuktu on July 1, the second day of attacks on the UNESCO heritage sites, witnesses said.

The Salafist Ansar Dine group backs strict Sharia, Islamic law, and considers the shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam to be idolatrous. Sufi shrines have also been attacked by hardline Salafists in Egypt and Libya in the past year.

Residents say the group has threatened to destroy all of the 16 main mausoleum sites in Timbuktu despite the international outcry against the attacks. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has called for an immediate halt to the attacks.

“We are subject to religion and not to international opinion. Building on graves is contrary to Islam. We are destroying the mausoleums because it is ordained by our religion,” Oumar Ould Hamaha, a spokesman for Ansar Dine said on July 1.

The attack came days after UNESCO placed Timbuktu on its list of heritage sites in danger.

(Reuters)

與恐怖組織「蓋達」掛勾、配備槍枝與尖鋤的馬利伊斯蘭主義份子,七月一日持續摧毀著名的廷巴克圖城古陵墓,這是對此列名聯合國教科文組織(UNESCO)的世界遺產進行的第二天攻擊,目擊者說。

伊斯蘭教薩拉菲派的「信仰捍衛者」團體支持嚴格的伊斯蘭律法,並認為當地伊斯蘭教蘇菲派形式的聖陵為崇拜偶像。過去一年,在埃及與利比亞的蘇菲派聖陵,也被埃及與利比亞強硬的薩拉菲派信徒攻擊。

居民表示,該團體威脅摧毀廷巴克圖十六座主要陵墓遺址,儘管國際強烈抗議攻擊行動。UNESCO總幹事艾琳娜‧波珂娃呼籲立即停止相關攻擊。

「我們是受宗教而非國際輿論約束。在墓穴上建築違反伊斯蘭教。我們摧毀陵墓是因為我們的宗教規定如此,」信仰捍衛者發言人烏瑪爾‧烏爾德‧哈瑪哈七月一日表示。

這起攻擊在UNESCO將廷巴克圖列入瀕危世界遺產名單後發生。

(路透/翻譯:魏國金)

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