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Islamic Scholars Stay One Step Ahead Of Vandals In Mali

NPR | Feb. 5, 2013 3:36 p.m.

When Islamists militants took control of the ancient city of Timbuktu in the North African nation of Mali, they destroyed several earthen tombs of saints, claiming such shrines were forbidden. To preserve other artifacts and documents, at least one citizen hid historic items away.

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