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Men recover burnt ancient manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Centre for... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Ancient,Burnt,Conflict,Horizontal,Mali,Manuscript,Men,Recovery,Research,Timbuktu - MaliPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMen recover burnt ancient manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Documentation and Research in Timbuktu on January 29, 2013. French-led forces seized yesterday Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu in a lightning advance north as fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts. Mayor Ousmane confirmed the fire at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Documentation and Research which housed between 60,000 and 100,000 manuscripts, according to Mali's culture ministry. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)