Islamistene i Mali har ødelagt historiske minnesmerker. Nå går de løs på umoral og innfører steining.

Et par blé i helgen steinet til døde for å ha hatt et forhold.

A man and woman who had an adulterous relationship have been stoned to death by radical Islamists in northern Mali, a spokesman for the group Ansar Dine has said.

Sanda Abou Mohamed told the Associated Press on Sunday the couple were executed according to sharia law in the town of Aguelhok.

A resident of the nearby city of Kidal, who had spoken to witnesses in Aguelhok, told AP the couple were buried up to their necks, then pelted with stones until they died. The resident requested anonymity because he feared for his safety.

The west African nation, once seen as a pillar of democracy in the troubled region, has been split in two since a coup in March. Tuareg rebels took control of Mali’s vast north but they have since been driven out by al-Qaida-linked Islamists seeking to impose sharia law. An estimated 300,000 people have fled.

There was international condemnation after Islamist fighters in the ancient city of Timbuktu destroyed centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints revered by Sufi Muslims.

Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, has called for talks with the Islamists. In his first national address after a two-month absence – recovering in Paris from injuries sustained when he was beaten by supporters of the coup – Traore said on Sunday he would lead talks to form a unity government and open dialogue with Islamists.

Radical Islamists stone adulterous couple to death in northern Mali
Al-Qaida-linked group announces sharia law execution as interim president Dioncounda Traore calls for talks