15th-century mosque attacked at Timbuktu

A group of Islamist militants bearing pickaxes has attacked and damaged the Sidi Yahya mosque in Timbuktu, a World Heritage site, breaking down a door that "locals believed had to stay shut until the end of the world."

The Tuareg separatist MNLA movement believes that the ancient monuments, which are scattered throughout the dessert in Mali, are contrary to their strict interpretation of Islam.