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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Ancient Scrolls Torched in Mali
Before their recent ouster, according to the Toronto Star, extremists in Mali set fire to a library containing ancient manuscripts, some dating to the 12th Century. The Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu housed over 30,000 documents and was destroyed as part of a campaign to cleanse the area of "un-Islamic" elements, which also included the destruction of several hundred ancient tombs.