Smuggled Out Most Timbuktu Manuscripts Saved from Attacks

More than 80 percent of Timbuktu's priceless manuscripts were smuggled out of the ancient city before Islamists began to attack its cultural heritage, SPIEGEL has learned. Many were driven by car to the Malian capital of Bamako.
A museum guard with boxes of ancient manuscripts partially damaged by Islamists in Timbuktu in January.

A museum guard with boxes of ancient manuscripts partially damaged by Islamists in Timbuktu in January.

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