Thu, Jan 31, 2013 - Page 6 News List

French troops at gates of Kidal

LAST STAND:Kidal is the third of the major cities in northern Mali which, along with Gao and Timbuktu, were for 10 months under the control of Islamists

AFP, BAMAKO

The custodian of the collection said some of the documents had been smuggled to safety before insurgents seized the town 10 months ago, in the chaos that followed the military coup.

The militants destroyed ancient Muslim shrines in Timbuktu that they considered idolatrous.

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