AQIM leaders in Timbuktu for Sharia

MALI ( – Three top Emirs of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are in the Malian city Timbuktu which was liberated on Monday by the Mujahideen of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb seeking to impose Sharia law.

The three Emirs from Algeria are Abou Zeid, Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Yahya Abou Al-Hammam.

They have appeared on the flanks of renowned Tuareg rebel Iyad Ag Ghaly who leads the Islamic Ansar Dine movement.

Al-Qaeda leaders took part in a meeting with Iyad Ag Ghaly and the town imams. Abou Zeid said he was happy to be on the Muslim soil of Mali.

They have made the Timbuktu military camp, seized from the puppet army by the AQMI Mujahideen on Sunday.

Witnesses say Ag Ghaly is in complete control of the fabled city with the support of AQIM, but he needs to convince the town’s religious leaders to accept his authority. He wants to impose Shari’ah law.

The ancient city was founded by Tuareg nomads in the 11th century. A rich trading point for gold and salt at the crossroads between north and west Africa, the city became a melting pot of Arab, Berber and black African cultures.

source: Kavkaz Center



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