The mausoleums housed the remains of Muslim scholars and teachers who are revered by the Timbuktu population.
Since taking control of Timbuktu earlier this year, the Islamists have destroyed seven of the 16 mausoleums listed as world heritage sites. Some date back to the 14th century.
According to many residents, the destruction of the graves is the rebels’ reaction to the recent U.N. resolution calling for an international military intervention to remove the Islamists from northern Mali.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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