Islamist group has destroyed historical site in Mali on Saturday, AFP reported.
The Ansar Dine group, which controls the northern Mail, attacked ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Timbuktu, the BBC reported. The group attacked the shrines with shovels and pickaxes.
AFP reported that the militants said the shrines are ideals.Sanda Ould Boumama said,a spokesman for the group, "Ansar Dine will today destroy every mausoleum in the city. All of them, without exception."
UNESCO, the UN's cultural organization, has placed Timbuktu as an endangered sites.According to the UNESCO website,Timbuktu is home to 16 cemeteries and mausoleums, and three mosques, AFP reported.
"I appeal to all those engaged in the conflict in Timbuktu to exercise their responsibility - for the sake of future generations, spare the legacy of their past," said Alissandra Cummins, the chairwoman of UNESCO's executive committee, AFP reported.
The group has destroyed three shrines. "They have already completely destroyed the mausoleum of Sidi Mahmoud (Ben Amar) and two others," Malian journalist Yeya Tandina said to Reuters, the BBC reported.
AFP reported the UNESCO said its List of World Heritage in Danger "aims to raise cooperation and support for the sites threatened by the armed conflict."