Map of Mali. Image courtesy of DollarPhotoClub.com
Some sadness from Mali along with an encouraging dose of justice.
- The branch of Al Qaeda in Mali carried out a terrorist attack in Ivory Coast this past spring.
- The lead terrorist who destroyed many cultural artifacts in Timbuktu gets 11 years in prison after a humiliating confession in court.
3/14/16 – Wall Street Journal – Al Qaeda Turns Sights on Africa Success Story – On 3/14, terrorists from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb shot up a beach resort in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, killing at least 15 people. That is the al Qaeda offshoot operating out of Mali that has been terrorizing Mali.
Quoted experts have been concerned that group would start reaching out to economically developed countries, such as Ivory Coast or Senegal.
The attack was in Grand-Bassam, which is about 25 miles from Abidjan.
Ivory Coast has worked hard to achieve an average 9% growth rate over the last four years. Good for the people there and their government!
9/27/16 – Wall Street Journal – Islamist Sentenced to Nine Years for Timbuktu Shrine Destruction – Soldiers of Ansar Dine destroyed Muslim shrines in Timbuktu that are many hundreds of years old. Nine mausoleums in total were destroyed. The door to the Sidi Yahia mosque, so the story goes, hasn’t even been opened in 500 years. All but one of the destroyed sites were on the World Heritage roster of UNESCO.
(Over five hundred years old! Here in California, we are impressed by buildings that are standing 50 or 60 years later. A notable historical restoration project in my city consists of sprucing up a gas station from the ’50s that is on the old Route 66.)