Timbuktu delights in extremists’ exodus

Residents recall acts of defiance, punishment

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 4:27 a.m.

A Malian women cheers Malian soldiers arriving in a convoy at the military base in Timbuktu, Mali, Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. French President Francois Hollande visited the fabled city for two hours, twenty days after the start of operation Serval. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

There were public protests and whispers of secret love affairs. Heroes of resistance everywhere: the female fishmonger who angrily knocked down one of the occupiers, the imam who sent them away from his mosque, the elderly sheep trader beaten for complaining about their ill treatment of others.

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