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A child plays on January 31, 2013 in Timbuktu, in the premises of a house formerly owned by Sanda Ould Boumama, the spokesman of Mali's Islamist Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) rebel group. The fabled desert city of Timbuktu, an ancient centre of Islamic learning, has been recaptured on January 28 by French-led forces in their offensive against Islamist rebels who have been occupying Mali's north since last April. The extremists last year smashed up mausoleums of ancient saints and the entrance to the 15th-century Sidi Yahya mosque, claiming the sites were blasphemous. Reports had emerged in recent days that rebels fleeing the advancing soldiers had torched a building housing thousands of priceless manuscripts, but an expert said on January 30 that most had been smuggled to safety as the Islamists overran the city last year. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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A child plays on January 31, 2013 in Timbuktu, in the premises of a house formerly owned by Sanda Ould Boumama, the spokesman of Mali's Islamist Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) rebel group. The fabled desert city of Timbuktu, an ancient centre of Islamic learning, has been recaptured on January 28 by French-led forces in their offensive against Islamist rebels who have been occupying Mali's north since last April. The extremists last year smashed up mausoleums of ancient saints and the entrance to the 15th-century Sidi Yahya mosque, claiming the sites were blasphemous. Reports had emerged in recent days that rebels fleeing the advancing soldiers had torched a building housing thousands of priceless manuscripts, but an expert said on January 30 that most had been smuggled to safety as the Islamists overran the city last year. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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A child plays on January 31 2013 in Timbuktu in the premises of a... News Photo 1604364012012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Ansar Dine,Built Structure,Child,Conflict,Group,Horizontal,House,Islam,Mali,Playing,Rebellion,Spokesman,TimbuktuPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA child plays on January 31, 2013 in Timbuktu, in the premises of a house formerly owned by Sanda Ould Boumama, the spokesman of Mali's Islamist Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) rebel group. The fabled desert city of Timbuktu, an ancient centre of Islamic learning, has been recaptured on January 28 by French-led forces in their offensive against Islamist rebels who have been occupying Mali's north since last April. The extremists last year smashed up mausoleums of ancient saints and the entrance to the 15th-century Sidi Yahya mosque, claiming the sites were blasphemous. Reports had emerged in recent days that rebels fleeing the advancing soldiers had torched a building housing thousands of priceless manuscripts, but an expert said on January 30 that most had been smuggled to safety as the Islamists overran the city last year. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)