October 18, 2012 3:25:56 pm
A 15-year-old girl in Timbuktu received 60 lashes after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street.
The girl was allegedly caught speaking with men by Ansar Dine,the militant Islamist group,which controls Timbuktu and much of northern Mali.
One resident claimed the girl was warned repeatedly by the Islamists to stop what she was doing,but persisted in talking to men in public.
The Islamists said that the girl was warned five times by Islamist police but she continued to speak to men in the street, the Daily Mail quoted the Timbuktu resident,as saying.
After the hearing,the Islamists gave 60 lashes to the girl. The population did not turn out in large numbers to attend this flogging, the resident added.
According to the paper,Ansar Dine is the most prevalent of a number of Al-Qaeda-linked groups that have seized northern Mali after a power vacuum opened by a military coup in March.
The groups have since been imposing Sharia law throughout the territory and intend on imposing the strict Islamic laws across Mali.
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